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All across the world, education is important. Education systems have varying degrees of intensity in different countries and across different cultures, but everyone everywhere seems to know that education is vital to the future success of humanity. Since the beginning of time, people have been passing down lessons and skills to younger generations until eventually, formal education was established. In the United States alone, drastic changes have occurred over the past few centuries when it comes to who is educated, how they are educated, and what they are educated about.
When we look back on the history of education in our country, it should be evident that we can expect more changes to occur within education in both the near and distant future. What we prioritize academically, how students are instructed, and the extent to which we educate future generations are all key as we move forward with innovative educational solutions. As technology becomes a more prevalent player in today’s society, we look forward to the changes it is sure to bring to education, including teaching younger generations how to do a job that has yet to be created.
So the short answer is a resounding “Yes!” Education will absolutely change in the future. But the question remains: How will it change? Take a look at some ways that we expect education to shift and evolve into a more effective and comprehensive experience for future students.
Increased Technological Integration
Most people are aware of the insane advances of technology that are making learning and teaching easier than ever before. Some schools have already begun utilizing tablets that are pre-loaded with textbooks. Others have Smart Boards in every classroom. Others allow students to text in responses to questions with their cell phones. Technology is advancing and our educational system is jumping on board. Teachers are finding it easier to teach with certain technological advances, and students are already interested in utilizing the newest tech and are more willing to participate in class when using it. The future of education absolutely involves technology, and it won’t be long before every school in America has fully integrated classrooms with fewer books, notebooks, and pencils than ever before.
Basic textbooks with ineffective assessments and boring worksheets are slowly disappearing from our schools. Teachers know that it’s harder than ever to keep students engaged nowadays, and school administrations are beginning to utilize more innovative curriculum within their schools. Many educational environments are already starting to phase out standard lectures and rudimentary assessments, but the future holds even more curriculum innovation. Students need to be able to experience the concepts they’re learning firsthand, not just read about them in a book, and curriculum innovation is just one way to advance our educational system and give our students another advantage when it comes to academia.
Unique Time & Place Opportunities
Online schooling is becoming increasingly popular as it appeals to more and more students each school year. Online schooling has no confines as to time or place, so students can work at their own speed and in their own preferred location, which brings a slew of benefits to many families. Not only is it a great option for students who are struggling socially, may have a medical concern or special need, or who have a unique schedule, but it is a great way to get ahead in your education and advance faster than you would in a traditional school setting. As education progresses, expect to see more and more opportunities for learning in unique ways.
More Personalized Learning
Along with curriculum innovation and unique time and place opportunities, education of the future will be packed full of more personalized learning experiences. Students will be able to complete assignments in their preferred learning style, they will be given opportunities to experience concepts in their own way, and they will take on more project-based assignments so that they can truly engage with and grasp the material. Students who are struggling will be met right where they are, and students who are advanced will be given more opportunities to explore concepts and take on challenges in a subject area. This personalization will not only help students take more responsibility for their academic success, but it will also give them confidence in their academic capabilities.
Core classes are important and general skills and knowledge are necessary. However, students spend years learning and relearning the same material, only to focus on a completely unique academic subject in college, and then learn entirely different on-the-job skills once in a place of employment. The educational system needs more comprehension and cohesiveness, and the education of the future will most likely provide that. Students will have more freedom in choosing their classes and study areas earlier on in their education, and as they proceed in their learning, they will have more opportunities to learn and practice skills that will be applicable in a given career field.
Just as mentioned above, relevant skills and experience will very likely be a part of education in the future. Hands-on experiences will be a very big part of that. Not only will students get the opportunity to learn skills and acquire knowledge within a particular field, but they will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences within that field. Something like a glorified internship will be available to students so that they can learn about different fields and have the chance to get their feet wet in a variety of industries.
As students gain new and unique opportunities to learn outside of a traditional classroom environment, mentors will become increasingly important. Students will be able to work alongside professionals in a variety of fields, and they will get to learn first-hand from experts in multiple industries. While studying and academic-style learning will still be a key part of education, students will rely more on mentorships than ever before.
As learning becomes more focused on personalization and freedom of choice, personal responsibility will become increasingly important. Students will no longer be able to rely on teachers, parents, or peers to carry them through courses or even grade levels, as they will be expected to complete tasks and demonstrate skills individually. Online learning and unique curriculum innovations have begun to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility in education, but this will be stressed even more as education continues to advance and evolve.
Education has already come so far and our society has benefited from that immensely. Looking toward the future of education should be exciting for parents, educators, and future students, as positive changes are being made and advancements are quite promising. So yes, education will change a great deal in the future, and we think that is remarkable!