January 1st, 2013
Since the beginning of the Transformation Decade in 2010, I have been saying that education at all levels will undergo transformation by 2020. The book I wrote with Jeff Cobb, “Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12”, published in early 2011, called for nothing less than transformation. Reform is an outdated word and is now not enough to make the necessary changes in American education.
Last week I wrote a guest column for CNN.com titled “Predictions for the Next Decade of Education”. It provoked a number of responses to my inbox and many on-line as well. The first thing that struck me about the comments is how emotional many of the responses were. There was a lot of passion and a lot of anger and both strong pro-technology and strong anti-technology comments. People think that they know the answer and everyone else doesn’t. A teacher assumed that since I wasn’t one as well, my ideas should be questioned. Well, to write “Shift Ed” and now a mini-eBook “Education” which is a part of my new book “Entering the Shift Age”, I not only spoke to many teachers, principals and superintendents, I have delivered speeches to and interacted with thousands of them across the country.
In addition to the rants and to some well-presented comments and emails there were surprisingly different responses. One in particular is worth mentioning. A Boston University student named Mike Irving sent me a link to a
July 6th, 2011
As many of you who subscribe to my Shift Age Newsletter know, I co-authored a book with Jeff Cobb on transforming education. Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education was published in April by Corwin Press.
Now, three months later, I am happy to report that the response from the education community has been strong and extremely positive. Two conferences that had me as the keynote speaker purchased copies of the book for all attendees, and the feedback from these educators has been so positive that I am humbled. In addition, several school superintendents have purchased copies for the principals in their districts. I am currently scheduled to present to three large education conferences this summer and fall, as word of mouth on the book is spreading across the country. As I am a futurist and not a professional educator, it is truly gratifying to hear such positive reactions from K-12 educators.
Why did a futurist write a book on transforming education? Here are some of the reasons:
-There is so much noise, finger-pointing and argument about K-12 education today that it became clear to me that there’s a lack of vision. Many people have points of view, but they are relative to practices they either criticize or support, all based on the present landscape. The present system doesn’t work, so we have to completely start over with a new vision.
-The current system is from the Agricultural Age for its school year, the Industrial Age for most of …