“No government is prepared,” The Economist reports.
Ilana Ben-Ari's insight:
“Our ﬁndings thus imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerisation – i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence. For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills,”
If we want to improve children’s opportunities for success, one of the most powerful potential levers for change is not the children themselves, but rather the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of the adults who surround them.
Part of the mission involves putting £4m into a new “Lego professorship” at Cambridge University – the first incumbent will be chosen in April – and supporting an accompanying Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (Pedal). There are more links with Harvard, MIT and other prestigious institutions. The aim is to provide an incontrovertible academic underpinning to the educational value of play, and to define more clearly what works and how to measure it, arming Lego with more evidence to support its campaigning.
We’ve entered the age of empathy. The world is changing faster than ever before. To keep up-- and to succeed-- we need to change, too. We need to master empathy. Read this article by management expert and professor at Columbia Business School, Rita McGrath, to learn about this new economic era and how to succeed in the 21st century workplace: http://hbr.org/2014/07/managements-three-eras-a-brief-history/. This is such a different world from generations past. Change is constant. Problems are global. Information is at our fingertips. In the era of Wikipedia, does it really matter how much you can memorize? What’s more important is that you can take the perspective of others – whether you’re designing a new technology, or negotiating, or anticipating the uncertain. Indeed, how well we do -- whether in the classroom or the boardroom -- depends more than ever on how well we forge and navigate relationships. In this way, empathy is the new literacy: essential for us to communicate, collaborate, and lead. This is why Ashoka's Changemaker schools teach empathy and other non-academic competencies that will prepare children to succeed in this new world. For more information on the amazing work that these schools are doing visit our website: https://startempathy.org/schools.
Remembering what makes us human is how to show economic value in the age of smarter and smarter machines.
Ilana Ben-Ari's insight:
Echoing my own belief that our world is in the process of moving towards 'connection, play, love and caring', Thomas Friedman writes that we are in the middle of a seismic shift, driven by intelligent machines, that will force us to redefine ourselves..... Seidman added, our highest self-conception needs to be redefined from “I think, therefore I am” to “I care, therefore I am; I hope, therefore I am; I imagine, therefore I am. I am ethical, therefore I am. I have a purpose, therefore I am. I pause and reflect, therefore I am.”
It's no secret that President Obama is an avid reader. But, he just got even more cred with book-lovers by praising everybody's favorite children's author: yep, Obama loves Dr. Seuss. In a Q&A session with interns, Obama admitted that "pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss."
What will change in 2016 is that all basic schools for 7- to 16-year-olds must have at least one extended period of multi-disciplinary, phenomenon-based teaching and learning in their curricula. The length of this period is to be decided by schools themselves. Helsinki, the nation’s capital and largest local school system, has decided to require two such yearly periods that must include all subjects and all students in every school in town.
Ilana Ben-Ari's insight:
"What will change in 2016 is that all basic schools for 7- to 16-year-olds must have at least one extended period of multi-disciplinary, phenomenon-based teaching and learning in their curricula. The length of this period is to be decided by schools themselves. Helsinki, the nation’s capital and largest local school system, has decided to require two such yearly periods that must include all subjects and all students in every school in town."
This summer, Cambridge University announced a search for a “LEGO Professor of Play, Education, and Learning.” With the support of £4 million ($6.1 million) from the LEGO Foundation, the new professor would lead an entire research department dedicated to examining play. This is an endeavor that Robert Rasmussen knows all about. In the late ‘90s,...
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