Is Self-Evolving Learning Our Holy Grail?

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Is Self-Evolving Learning Our Holy Grail?

Every time I think I have abstracted up to the highest level, I find I have not; one would think I would learn.  So here is my new highest-level understanding of the critical link between the future of education and how we get there:

The model of proscriptive education is busted.  The world is changing too quickly for us to say “here is the next thing; implement it or learn it and you will be OK”.  What we really mean when we put all the 21C skills, essential qualities of a student, and the challenges of a rapidly changing world together is this: we want our students to become self-evolving learners. If they do not, they will always be behind the curve of an ever-accelerating global information and skill base; they will be spectators rather than vibrant participants in the cognitasphere.

If we want students to become self-evolving learners, our schools must become self-evolving organizations.  The “here is the right model” approach, won’t work.  The rates of change are totally out of phase. It takes years to publish and approve new texts; it takes a decade or more to develop, accept, and implement new standards, be they Common Core or others.  These are evolutionary steps, but they are still largely externally imposed. Learning in a fluid and rapidly changing world requires the skill of self-evolving learning. Learning is an ecosystem, not an assembly line.  We never get “there”; there is no “there” to get to, any more than as a species we will ever arrive at our final anthropological iteration.

Bo Adams and I are frequently on the same page.  Here is what he wrote today:

Could we re-imagine and re-purpose so that school becomes more of a quickly evolving ecosystem that better integrates learners with real-time, real-life, contextual learning and a developing citizen skill-content set that readies learners for the present and future more than for a past that is rapidly fading?

If we expect our students to be adaptive, self-evolving learners, we (educational leaders, teachers, schools) can’t be less.

By | 2012-08-11T15:10:43+00:00 August 11th, 2012|21C Skills, Innovation in Education|3 Comments

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