Futurists and Educators Meeting #2

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“What should students learn in the 21
st

Century?”


Futurists and Educators Meeting #2


explicating technology’s impact


Date/Place:
Thursday, September 20,
8:30 am


6:00 pm

Gutman
/G05
;

Friday
September 21,
2012 8:3
0 am


noon

Longfellow/208;
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
USA


Format:



1 and ½ day of discussions and synthesis



Candid conversations, facilitated and summarized; preparation via draft of white paper



Moderators and rapporteurs: Center for Curriculum Redesign (Charles Fadel & Jennifer
Groff)


Rationale:

In the 21
st

century, humanity is facing severe difficulties at the societal (global warming,
financial stresses), economic (globalization, innovation) and personal levels (employability,
happiness). Technology’s exponential growth is rapidly compounding the problems

via
automation and offshoring, which are producing social disruptions. Education is falling behind
the curve
1
, as it did during the Industrial Revolution.


Key questions to explore this meeting: Technology’s impact


1.

Is A.I./
Robotics/
automation the bigges
t technology disruptor (for employment) in the
imminent future?
(compared to BioTech and Neuroscience)

o

Can we plot its evolution and thresholds? (algorithms

and robotics

in particular?)

o

Longer
-
term, what is the impact of machine creativity?

o

Will it spur an

arms
-
race for human augmentation?

2.

What are the negative consequences of Big Data/decision analytics?

o

Wisdom: Will we need a “do not watch” list?

o

Desensitization to observation, allowing “big brotherism”?

o

“Echo chamber” effects, polarizing opinions?

3.

Of STEM, we typically only teach S&M; What are the Technology and Engineering topics
that should be taught in K
-
12? are there
“Integrative Disciplines”

(Robotics,
Programming,
etc
.
) that are multi
-
disciplinary ?

4.

Design review of CCR’s white paper and deci
sion table for education systems





1

Goldin/Katz “The race between education and technology”



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Invited Participants:



Jillian Darwish, KnowledgeWorks foundation



Robert Plotkin,
Attorney and
Author “The genie in the machine”



Jurisdiction representatives:
Alberta
, Massachusetts, Singapore
, S. Korea



CCR Board of Advi
sors: John Abele, Boston Scientific; Lori Breslow, MIT; Kurt Fisher,
Harvard; Rick Miller, Olin College; Jim Wynn, Promethean
;

Ross Hall, Pearson;

Riel
Miller, UNESCO via video;



Other distinguished guests: Todd Rose, Harvard; Irene Grief, IBM; Beth
Miller, Nellie
Mae Education Foundation; Marco Morales, Pearson;

Laura Barragan, HGSE student;
Albert Meyer, MIT




AGENDA


Day 1

8:30


9:30

Introductions, welcome, setting the stage
-

CCR and goals


Charles Fadel


Presentation:
Algorithmic
& Robotics
progress

-

Charles Fadel

9:30


10:
3
0

Presentation:
Education Futures 2020


-

Jillian Darwish


Break



10:45


12:15


Presentation:
“Machine Creativity”


consequences?
-

Robert Plotkin
,

and
conversation

Lunch



1:00


2:00

Group discussion
: Human
consequences of “Big Data”


2:00


3:00

Group activity: Futurists table review


2 groups


Break



3:15


4:30

Group activity: Futurists table review


2 groups (continued)


4:30


5:00


Group activity: review the groups’ results
-

all participants

5:00


6:00

Group activity: What are good examples of
Integrative STEM Disciplines
?
(Robotics,

Synthetic Biology,
etc.)



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6:00


8:30

Dinner: Red House, Cambridge




Day 2

8:30


9:15

Aggregate, breakfast, review past day, discuss how to proceed


9:15


10:45

Group activity: Futurists table


top section
; joint conversation including
visualization options

Break



11:00
-
12:00


Group activity: Debate
-

Can formal systems

catch up?

What if they cannot ??

Meeting
Conclusion





For reference:

Key questions explored last meeting:


see
http://curriculumredesign.org/futurists
-
and
-
educators
-
meeting
-
presentations/


1. What are the consequences of a VUCA
world?

2. Are we factoring in technology’s growth sufficiently? Can we reasonably predict significant
inflection points in ICT, Biotech, and Energy


and their impact?

3. What are the demands created by 1) and 2) on education systems? Can they adapt fast

enough?

4. How can we harness informal systems?

5. What should be the key aspects of a 21st century curriculum?