Posted on May 8, 2013 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: May 8, 2013
In the fall of 2013, we're piloting a student-centered, multidisciplinary learning environment at my high school. The folks from WASC will be conducting their review of our school at the same time (we're approaching the end of our six-year accreditation cycle). In that context, I find the following excerpt from this Wired article as troubling as it is ironic:
What of [Singularity University's] own future? It certainly does not plan to become an accredited university. "You need to fix your curriculum for that," says Salim Ismail. "We change ours five times a year! One of the deans at Stanford proudly told me they update theirs every six years. But if you're doing a master's degree today in neuroscience or advanced robotics or biotech, by the time you finish you're out of date. And we've never seen that before in the history of the world."
Our western education model isn't adapting to 21st century demands quickly or nimbly enough. It's trapped by its own system.
What's a mere teacher to do?