The Empowering Future of Education
Are the things we value most in schools designed to empower our students for a successful future or are they based primarily on the nostalgia of our past? Should our focus be to prepare students for state and national standardized tests that assess the knowledge and skills which machines are increasingly automating for us? Or instead, should our focus be to prepare students for life by developing essential skills like communication, collaboration, and creativity as they tackle local issues applicable to them? In this TEDx talk I propose updates to our traditional educational values to help us avoid this tragic automation of education by inviting us to empower students and teachers as we place them at the center of our designs for a much more relevant and personalized education model.