The world faces an unprecedented confluence of disruption. Constant advances in artificial intelligence, automation and biotechnology seem to challenge assumptions about what it means to be human. War and instability have triggered widespread dislocation and a migration of people on a scale not seen since the end of the Second World War.
These challenges spark urgent questions about the role of education and its capacity to support learners of all ages in navigating disruption. How can education be most effectively shaped for co-existing and co-creating in a world of complexity and dramatic change? Speakers at the 2017 WISE Summit share their views.
The Future of Learning: Personalized and Curiosity-led
Ms Sarah Borgman
Director and Curator, Skoll Community and Convenings
To Prepare Kids for a Changing Economy, Invest in Great Teaching and More of It
Dr. Mike Feinberg
Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chair, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation
Measure, Match and Mobilize: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age
Dr. Jörg Dräger
Executive Board member, Bertelsmann Stiftung
To Enable Powerful Learning, Put Pedagogy Before Tech
Mr. Eric Sheninger
Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Why Schools Need to Do What Works
Sir Kevan Collins
Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Nudging for Student Success: How Behavioral Science Can Improve Education
Mr. Ben Castleman
Founder and Director, Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia
Rethinking Liberal Arts Education for the Twenty-First Century
Chair of the Board of Trustees, AFS Intercultural Programs
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the world was full of confidence about the inevitability of growing forms and processes of globalization—instantaneous communication, flattened economy, massive movement of people—and the resulting need for new forms of education. Intellectual and business leaders talked about how the world as we had known it in the twentieth century—the world of industrialization and specialized knowledge, the world in which nation-states reigned supreme—was not the world that the young people would operate in the twenty-first century. Teachers enthused how they wanted their students to be comfortable in any situation they found themselves in, regardless of where they lived or worked. Many of us, committed to developing skills for an inter-dependent, inter-connected world, argued that developing respect for diverse points of view, empathy for people different from ourselves, and an ability to engage the world with a sense of reflection were necessary tools for the new world in the new millennium.