The Rules of Engagement: Taking a Critical Look
Yesterday, educator and voicEd.ca author, Erik Rosenberg posted a video about 21st century learning, student engagement and the future of education. I would encourage all of you to take the time to view it, and then let’s talk about it.
The video itself really doesn’t make a lot of new points about the push towards reshaping the way we do school in the 21st century. It really doesn’t. But it does gather some prominant “21st century” voices together in one place, allowing us to begin to take a look at the messaging through the critical lenses that we are hoping to nurture in our own children.
There are parts of the video that may excite you. There are parts that may resonate with your thinking. But there are also parts that may cause you to bristle more than a little.
In addition to reflecting on what is foregrounded (that’s now a word) in the video, we need to ask what is being pushed into the background. What sort of changes does the way of thinking promoted in the video demand of our current systems. What will be gained in the process? What could be lost? And how do we negotiate the space between the two?
Educational thinker Sugata Mitra closes the video with this trio of 21st century living and learning skills:
“Reading comprehension is the most critical skill at this point in time, for a generation that is going to read off of screens for the rest of their lives. Information search and retrieval skills: if people know a keyword, follow a link or not—it’s a key skill. If arithmetic is an outdated skill, this is the skill that will replace it. And finally if a child knows how to read, if a child knows how to search for information, how do we teach them how to believe?”
This is where I would like to begin my thinking over the next couple of posts.
So, I encourage you to take a look at the 13 minute video and join me in reflecting on the message, its value and its implications!