“The future is not pre-fabricated, just waiting for the arrival of today’s students. Rather, the future is what today’s and future graduates will create.”
All Saints’ College and Djoowak, The Beyond Boundaries Institute is excited to welcome back its patron, Education Transformer, Professor Yong Zhao to challenge our thinking and ask some important questions about how schools and educators can best serve our young people to enable them to thrive in the future.
When: Monday, 20 March 2023
Where: The Studio School, Fremantle
Time: 4.00pm to 6.30pm
Cost: $100 includes a light afternoon tea
Educators are warmly invited to be a part of a workshop that will explore some of the following questions that are explored in Professor Zhao’s latest book, Learning for Uncertainty: Teaching Students How to Thrive in a Rapidly Evolving World (2022)
- Given a rapidly changing commercial world, are we positioning students to learn-on-the-go as existing jobs are transformed or disappear and new jobs emerge?
- Are the widely touted “21st Century Skills” sufficient preparation for this new world? What of other conceptualizations of the skills and dispositions believed needed for the future, ideas such as STEM (or STEAM), “socio-emotional learning,” “deep learning,” and “soft skills”?
- How and where are the young to learn these? Do these capture the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that a highly uncertain future requires?
- How are our students being introduced to the world in which they will need to make a living and to live, we hope, satisfying lives?
- How are they to engage with society?
- How do they protect and promote democratic institutions and values like civil liberties, justice, respect for others, and inclusivity?
- How do they view others, particularly those who hold different values, beliefs, and customs?
- How do they work to reconfigure globalization for the good of all, not just the favored few?
- How will they reconcile resurgent nationalism with the imperative to collaborate globally to address existential threats such as climate change and debilitating economic and political inequities?