Last year showed us all that education can be different. It turns out that it is not necessary to go to school to acquire knowledge. It is enough to have a computer and a webcam. But, of course, this does not guarantee that 5 points will master the program.
Schools of the future: 4 post-mortem scenarios for the development of the educational field
Last year’s experience showed that changes are possible, so what will be the future schools?
Experts from the department of monitoring world educational practices of the Academy of the Ministry of Education studied the study of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Back to the Future of Education. They analyzed four scenarios for the development of education in the coming years.
Everything will remain unchanged.
In developing the first scenario, the Ministry of Education concluded: “It is possible to obtain information, but it is not possible to assimilate it.” In this case, the school curriculum will remain unchanged. Certificates will not lose their relevance, and no one will restrict students in their desire to attend educational institutions.
The school is losing relevance.
This scenario is the most controversial. Digital technologies are becoming a new impetus to change priorities, and now the student decides what he needs to know and what he does not. Parents or the student himself chooses the subjects that he wants to study to a greater extent through the Internet. In its original form, the school of general education, which we see now, is losing its position and completely disappearing. What we get as a result – is professionals in their field, but a complete limitation in the area of activity and the absence of any personality development. Where he studied, he was valid there. To change his profession will be simply unrealistic.
This scenario shows that the development of the school is necessary; however, general education programs still have a chance to exist. In this case, the school becomes an open space where experimental practices are supported. Parents and students can influence the educational system, from the decision to attend school full-time or study at a computer monitor to the proposal to introduce new subjects and develop their academic program. The main advantage of this scenario is that the school can attract limited specialists to conduct lessons. That is, children can receive theoretical knowledge from a teacher and practical skills from a person who has been practising this area for a long time.
The school will disappear completely.
The most extreme scenario is the absence of schools. Artificial intelligence will completely take over the reins. Electronic assistants will play the role of teachers, and you can study anywhere in the world. Artificial intelligence will analyze a person’s skills, fix gaps in knowledge, and individually develop a training program. The training will take place only online.
Of course, it is impossible to say precisely what will happen with education. The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized the usual teaching calendar, tools and methods. It has also shown how quickly the world is changing today and how difficult it is to predict what will happen to our education in just a few months.