INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

There has been a large shift in the labor market over the past few years due to the advancement of science and technology. Fifteen years ago, there were a number of jobs that didn’t exist yet: User experience designer. Social media manager. Data scientist. Mobile app developer. Virtual assistant. Lyft driver. Content strategist. Influencer. As technology expands the job market, online entrepreneurship has grown exponentially, as well. Think of Wimberley’s three-year olds and fast-forward 15 years to the Class of 2033: Is our current school system preparing those graduates for opportunities of the future, one with careers and paths that haven’t been imagined yet? How will education from the past help our children in the future?
 

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” (Theodore Levitt)

 

I believe our schools must continue to advance so students can successfully meet the challenges of their time in this fast-growing world. As the funding and scope for education constricts, we must turn to innovation. Students who manage to succeed in the school system – which relies heavily on dated curriculum, rote memorization, and standardized testing – often do so not because of but despite their education. When I speak of innovation, it’s not just aimed at arts integration and preparing our students for the future. Innovation is a tool we can use to influence many related avenues, from methods of raising capital to newer teaching models to how we approach these complex issues together. School should be a place our children discover their strengths and interests, build community, make memories, and prepare for independence. I want all of our children to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter that independence with confidence, and to be fully prepared for the future job markets of their time.

 

– Bex

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