Learning for the 100 year LIFE SPAN

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Yep, you heard it, we will be expecting to live until we are 100 years old minimum. These days it is around 78-82 years, but soon it will be 95-100+ years. Hard to imagine but it’s true. So the question is, how do we live the second half of our life that we never used to have when we are old and tired. Answer, we won’t be old and tired, we will be energized, fresh and totally participating in everything. Maybe even changing the world too!

According to Clay Christiansen, Future learning will be all about personalizing, repackaging and engaging in peer to peer interactions.

He says that we need a system of learning to learn that will:

  • respond to the needs of “industry 4.0” or the fourth industrial revolution, where man and machine align to enable new possibilities
  • harnesses the potential of digital technologies, personalised data, open sourced content, and the new humanity of this globally-connected, technology-fueled world
  • establishes a blueprint for the future of learning – lifelong learning – from childhood schooling, to continuous learning in the workplace, to learning to play a better role in society.

Christiansen uses the term “Changing the game”, and states that it is all about redefining the way an activity works. In general, it’s about

  • who are the companies right now who are reshaping their industries, challenging the old rules and creating new ones, new ways of working, new ways of winning
    • they need to be audacious, harnessing the power of ideas and networks to be intelligent, collaborative, and enabling people to achieve more.

He believes we need to take the principles of how these companies change the game – and transfer these principles to the world of education generally.

But not all companies are movers and shakers and not all students when they graduate are going to work at these companies. The point to remember here, I believe is that those young people sitting in front of us at school are going to be the owners of their own new companies, and so need to understand not only how these other companies made changes, but also how to set up the framework of a ‘dynamic’ company so that it in itself can be constantly questioning, re-engineering and expanding our own knowledge of their particular product or service.

Getting young people to understand this means they need to remove certain long held fallacies about the value of a degree and what work really is. These principles are oddly enough still appearing in every generation and need to be eliminated, and a forward-thinking education system will do it. The truths young people need to know deeply are:

  1. There is no fast track to any long term valued success
  2. Just because you have a degree does not mean you know anything
  3. Just because you have a degree does not entitle you to a good job
  4. Just because you were raised in a family with money, doesn’t mean you will get any job you want
  5. You cannot expect a top salary when you start your first job
  6. Every single aspect of work that they take on must include hard work, commitment and resilience. These are the only key points that will get someone into a higher position.
  7. Staying home and doing nothing or going on the unemployment benefit or even worse getting your parents to still financially support you after you have completed your schooling will be considered socially completely unacceptable.
  8. Gratitude for any kind of work is one of the highest valued qualities to have as a beginner worker.

Somehow somewhere along the line something very bad happens to young university students. Somehow, they so often believe that as a young adult they are more than they are. Perhaps this is just a sociological stage all 23 year olds go through, though I do notice it doesn’t happen so much to people how have grown up without certainty.

I know it’s hard trying to educate a 23 year old that they have another 80 years to go, because it is difficult to get your head around that there is an end to life at any point, let alone longer. The worst thing that can happen is that they think that life isn’t short and so you can take your time. But getting them into realising that these 80 years ahead of them is going to be all about constant learning, if only to keep up with the changes, or at best to make a difference to the world is the key point here.

Therefore, schooling I believe needs to totally redefine what ‘work’ is. Most young people see work as McDonalds or doing manual jobs to get by. These will all be done by technologies anyway, so what then? Then, students will need to understand that work is learning, and learning is work. Work is not going to be separate from life, it will be life. Our balanced world with become one large nebulas of activity, organised is strange ways for each person. Somehow they will make money and somehow everyone will survive all this. But most importantly work will be something we will all need to learn to love and cherish.

Therefore the future of learning is totally entwined with the future of work and the redefining of learning will be parallel to the redefining of work. https://www.thegeniusworks.com/2017/01/future-education-young-everyone-taught-together/  Clay Christiansen

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