That’s the question being asked byÂ the White House right now.
I happen to be presenting this Saturday at a Media conference here in Reno. This is a bit unusual for me since I usually present toÂ educators. My presentation will be about what a 21st centuryÂ education could be.
I’ll start out by asking attendees: If we brought a nurse from 100 years ago would they find hospitals really changed? Could that nurseÂ possibly, with a minimum of training, just jump right in to her job,Â or would she find things too changed? (would you want her in yourÂ operating room?). How about a business executive from 100 years ago?Â Would they find the business world too changed to dive back in? HaveÂ the tools and methods in nursing and business changed much in 100Â years?
How about a teacher? Would a teacher from 100 years ago really find things that changed? Whiteboards instead of chalkboards maybe? (MyÂ daughters’ high school still has chalkboards in half the rooms). ItÂ probably depends on the subject taught, but it might not be that muchÂ of a stretch in some cases?
So whenÂ I saw this link posted on Twitter today about the White House wanting feedback on 21st century schools, it made me think:Â What couldÂ 21st century schools be if we were going to change them or updateÂ them? Maybe even decide to start from scratch? Any ideas? Here’s yourÂ chance to have input… well at least the possibility of input, so giveÂ us some ideas.
And if you have the desire, perhaps you’ll consider posting whatever ideas you leave here to the White House page? Just a thought.
Learning is Messy!