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GLOBAL TRENDS THAT NECESSITATE
RETHINKING OF EDUCATION STRATEGY
universities can no longer rely on old ideas and practice in producing
graduates that will step into an ever-changing world. By the time at student
graduates from university, most-if not all-of the subject matter he has been
painstakingly learning in order to pass the primary, secondary, and tertiary
exams will have become obsolete.
In a future driven by
globalization, knowledge, innovation, and accelerating change education will,
according to educationfutures.com, need to be re-missioned to meet new need:
A global, knowledge-based society:
and ever-opening access to information creates a need for skilled workers who
can transform information to meaning-ful, new knowledge.
The innovation-based society is emerging:
members of society will create innovative and contextually – relevant
application for new knowledge.
Knowledge and innovation-based jobs are
moving to India and China:
Companies have already learned that it makes sense to move industrial jobs
offshore. Today, many companies are beginning to move their creativity and
R&D jobs to markets with lower labor costs.
Personal success in the innovation
society will require novelty at the individual level:
and centralization at the workplace will give way to individualization and
decentralization. Employees will be viewed and rewarded for their creative
inputs as individuals, not for the roles they could play as proceduralized
Technology changes human relations:
in technology allow people to interact in new ways that were previously
obscured by geographical, economic or social boundaries.
Jobs exist today will not necessarily
exist when today’s student finish school:
do we insist on preparing students for jobs that existed before they were born
instead of jobs that will exist when they finish school?
An ageing population:
in sanitation, nutrition, and medicine have extended life expectancy in many countries.
The life span, about 127, is now the object of research and development. Should
people be helped to live 2.500 years, or even “forever”?
friedman is right. The world is flat. The phenomenon of globalization compels
students and school to compete on a global scale.
Change is accelerating:
doubling time of information is now under one year. In 20 years or less
doubling time may drop to few weeks. If our cultural institutions don’t changes
at least as fast, what will happen to our senses of identity and security? How
can we become situated in the future as much as the present or past?
singularity is almost here:
intelligence will guarantee that the future is far more different that we can
imagine. Are we supplying students with the creative skills required to thrive
in a future that demands routine human creativity?
Indonesia, the issue is about allocating 20% of national budget for education.
But more important than budget allocating is the question of vision and
direction of education itself.