Education is the future, it is all our futures. The education we teach today ends up being the realities of tomorrow. So why would you teach an outdated and uninspiring curriculum that will ultimately leave us all worse off?

This module takes its cues from the MOOC it is named after and picks up where the previous module left off by more specifically envisioning what a progressive education system fit for the 21st-century would actually look like. 

I found the What Future for Education course especially useful as it had many reflection exercises I had to complete that were invaulable in allowing to focus what I saw as the problems of the traditional formal education system and to lay out my ideas for what needs to change in order to make it better. 

6 Courses

What future for education?

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of London & UCL Institute of Education

Started: 21/10/2016

Finished: 01/09/2020 

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Testing Times in the Classroom: Challenges of 21st Century Education

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Exeter

Started: 06/06/2020

Finished: 07/06/2020

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Teaching Future-Ready Students

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 18/01/2018

Finished: 19/01/2018

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From Art Making to Art Thinking

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 03/03/2018

Finished: 14/03/2018

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Building Character Through Youth Social Action

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Birmingham

Started: 29/06/2018

Finished: 29/06/2018

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Build a Makerspace for Young People

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Raspberry Pi Foundation

Started: 03/07/2018

Finished: 03/07/2018

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1 Book

Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere

Author: Will Richardson

Publisher: TED Conferences

Published: 2012

Started: 15/01/2019

Finished: 16/01/2019

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We need to ask some hard questions too of the way we educate and train our children. To what extent are we bringing them up to be ‘good soldiers’, compliant and well conformed? In a straitened economy, the percieved risks of being outspoken and the implied rewards of obedience are immense. Yes, I can hear a thousand teachers despairing at the prospect of more argument but it’s the silent classrooms that scare me.

Margaret Heffernan, Wilfull Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our peril, 2012:329