A couple of days ago friends at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas reached out with an interesting request. For a publication this summer they were looking for short expressions of what their school, and somewhat by definition, schools in general, will look like in 40 years. This is what I jotted down for them.
In 40 years I picture (Your School Name Here) as a set of coordinates in space and time, a dynamic node acting within a four-dimensional neural network of knowledge flow; a physical place where adults and young people meet from time to time as they co-learn, co-create, and co-manage the global ecosystem of knowledge; a generator of confidence that every young person has the potential to lead a fulfilling life and to improve stewardship of our planet.
Does it apply to you as well? 40 years is a LONG time. Think about how K12 and colleges have changed in the last five years and then press on your mental accelerator. My crystal ball that far in the future is increasingly influenced by mega-thinkers like Adrian Bejan at Duke University, Shoshona Zuboff of Harvard, and Jim Maxmin of MIT, amongst others. What do they have in common? They are not constrained by the framework of school-think. They operate in the context of history and what is, or is not, inevitable. I toss in my own sense of hope.
What do you see in 40 years, in less than 100 words?