Redesigning Education

The future of education: a wicked problem

It’s becoming common place to talk about the state of education and the future of work. What is the purpose of education in the 21st century? Is our current system fit-for-purpose? What should we be teaching to prepare the citizens of the future when the future is changing more quickly than ever before?

It’s one of those wicked problems—a huge, complex issue with so many angles and interdependencies that it looks impossible to solve.

Where do we start? How do we redesign education? Let’s start small, with just one thing. Why? Often by changing one thing, everything changes.

The Question

If you could change one thing today in education to make the most positive impact, what would it be?”

Is it policy? Technology? Pedagogy? Access? Age? Assessment? Attitude? Expectations? None of the above? What should we learn? Relearn? Or unlearn?

By changing this one thing, what would the flow on effects be? What would this thing make it possible to do? And why does it matter to you?

It’s a simple question, but it’s not an easy one. It forces focus, clarity and a personal response. It could be small or large, possible or impossible. There’s no right or wrong, just different ways of exploring the problem and testing solutions in order to spark conversations and new ideas.
The Answers

We speak to educators, change-makers and visionaries for their take:

Is there a better way to gauge a student’s learning ability if standardised testing were removed? How has COVID 19 changed the way students learn?  Dr Stephen Harris tells us the One thing he would change.

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