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Welcome to the wikispace for education2020.

The main aim of this wiki is to create and encourage a dialogue around what education should look like in the year 2020.

We firmly believe that this wiki should be centred around debate, discussion, sharing of ideas, and exchanging viewpoints - the more diverse and controversial, the better! Please feel free to edit pages with your thoughts. You will also notice that there is a page for Discussion

Considering the speed at which society is changing (both culturally and technologically), what should the system look like / feel like in that year?

What is your vision of education in 2020? No matter what you do or where you come from, we would love it if you got involved.

"People (being able) to learn throughout their lives is going to be absolutely crucial if we're going to keep abreast of this -- and keep our mental health,"
Stanley Williams, director of the quantum structures research initiative at Hewlett-Packard Labs. The Year 2020 explained, Wired 05.07.00

The menu on the left highlights some of the main ideas of education2020. Please add your thoughts to those sections and also have a browse through the discussion area. One of the highlights of education2020 will be an Unconference that will be held on June 12th 2009 on Islay.

Below are a few ideas to get things started!


Bob Hill writes:

I would hope that by 2020, education has caught up with the needs of this century, rather than the present 19th century model.The needs will probably be in line with Scottish Educations Curriculum for Excellence which I would simplify as the skills society needs in terms of work and in terms of living together, the needs of the individual to be fulfilled in terms of work (earning a living) and leisure.

There will be skills of the IT age but there will always be a need for humans to carry out tasks which a computer finds difficult, for instance service to other humans, non-routine work like repair and maintenance or driving a bus. Perhaps there will not be buses but that is an example from the present day.

New Scientist (18th October 2008 - Vol 200 No 2678) is suggesting that we should be looking towards a steady state economy where work may not be such an overriding consideration but where the human spirit is better cared for. So people will need to be able to communicate - we are sociable animals - and we will need to be able to appreciate the world around us - art, literature, the cosmos, technology and whatever are the present unknown unknowns.