Americans need to learn how to discover.
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster. The good news is, some people are working on it.
Against this arresting background, an exciting new kind of learning is taking place in America. Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs. Perhaps inevitably, the process of discovery — from our confrontation with challenging ambiguous data, through our imaginative responses, to our iterative and error-prone paths of data synthesis and resolution — has turned into a focus of public fascination.
American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist | WIRED.
Have you read about Wired Magazine’s 7 essential skills for life (that you, ahem, supposedly didn’t learn in college)?
Here they are:
1. Statistical Literacy -Making sense of today’s data-driven world.
2. Post-State Diplomacy – Power and politics, sans government.
3. Remix Culture – Samples, mashups, and mixes.
4. Applied Cognition – The neuroscience you need.
5. Writing for New Forms – Self-expression in 140 characters.
6. Waste Studies – Understanding end-to-end economics.
7. Domestic Tech – How to use the world as your lab.
Read More http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/09/ff_wiredu/all/1