Civilisation-Level Change in Education from “improving individuals” to “bettering their world”

by Marc Prensky


Most people who attend conferences such as OEB already realise that the education we give our young people no longer prepares them adequately for our rapidly evolving future. Even in today’s exponentially changing environment, however, the approach of almost everyone currently struggling to “fix” education is to improve our current “academic” paradigm incrementally — retaining its core of mathematics, language, science and social studies (and the various thinking skills around them)—while adding in such things as 21st century skills, social-emotional skills, entrepreneurship, creativity, cross-disciplinary “topics,” school choice, smaller classes, higher standards, more measurement, and, of course, technology—each convinced that their own incremental approach will be enough for the future.

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