In 2030, when our freshmen are several years into their career, our third graders are graduating from college, and our current pre-K students are graduating from high school, I plan to still be around. We are educating students for OUR future, not just theirs.
2030 sounds futuristic, but it’s only 13 years from now. How much can change? Let’s consider 13 years ago. In The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros describes a scenario that highlights a host of possibilities we have now that we didn’t have then:
We have Uber.
A hearing-impaired person can drive for Uber.
A passenger in the back can use a phone, Google, and YouTube to learn “thank you” in sign language, showing the driver he is valued as a human being.
A lot can change in 13 years.
As white-collar jobs become automated and digitized, adaptive, creative thinkers can be the masters of their universe. As work teams become global, communication, collaboration, and sensitivity to diversity in age, culture, and language will be necessary. People who can spot and solve problems, who routinely ask, “How can we…” will be excellent entrepreneurs. The world will need confident people who work hard, persist, and love to learn. Job seekers of 2030 will face a global pool of talented competition. They’ll need skills that stand out.
Let’s learn them, and teach them.