One Education Trend That will Revolutionize The Workplace.
On Jan 2, 2019 Forbes magazine published a piece “Three Education Trends That Will Revolutionize The Workplace In 2019” by Anant Agarwal.
There Dr. Agarwal writes, quote: “These are some key trends to keep an eye on this year:
Education emphasizing hybrid skills.
Education goes omnichannel.
Education underscoring soft skills remains critical.”, end of quote (for the full description please read the full piece).
For people who have been in education for a long time these trends are not new. Many educators have been making similar statements.
In fact, twenty years ago in my PhD dissertation I also was writing something very similar.
But my point was different from merely pointing out at the set of skills new employees will need to have (even twenty years ago).
My point was, and still is, that if we (people, consumers, employers) want our employees to have all those skills, we need to have teachers who do possess those skills, too.
As an expert in a field pf teacher professional development, I described in my dissertation various training techniques designed for helping teachers to advance all the skills we expect to see in all school graduates.
Not much has changes since those times.
One true difference is that nowadays we have a very different meaning of word “Teacher”, then we had it twenty years ago.
A teachers is not just a person with a chalk and a blackboard anymore.
A teacher is …
Well, this discussion actually has to become the focus of any reformations in education; this discussion requires much more time; plus I have been extensively writing on the matter (e.g. follow to this link).
But the only true trend in education is which will revolutionize the workplace is redefinition of the meaning of what “teacher” or “teaching” means.
And, BTW, after twenty years in the field I can assure everyone: don’t expect any big shifts in 2019.
Deep changes in such inertial social practice as education take a very long time.
And the fact that today learners can (more or less) distribute their learning process in time (stop learning and resume it later) and space (be an official student at different places; being not present at the official location of learning) does not play as crucial role as Dr. Agarwal wants as to think; simply because it does not affect the content of learning and the learning activities of students (i.e. things that teach). And BTW: time and space distribution of leaning have been know and used for decades; the new aspect is the means for communication.
In the end, the real change can start happening only when the place of learning stops being matter at all. It should not matter where and when and how one was being educated. The only matter matters is what volume of knowledge and set of skills one has. For that, in addition to teaching entities (on-site or online) the industry needs to develop assessment centers, where anyone can get a certification for his/her level of education.
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I am not an idiot or a reckless person. The reason I can allow myself writing what I think, even if that is perpendicular to commonly adopted and conventional views, is that my financial situation is sufficient and stable. Of course, as a normal person, I wouldn't mind making more money, or being involved in more interesting projects (as described in my generic resume). But I do not have to pretend to be someone I'm not to make my living.