The human race is facing many pressing issues and will continue to do so across the next century. We need creative ideas to solve the problems that face us. Yet, universally, we see education systems that are in need of reform. Throughout their schooling careers, children face standardised tests which don’t give them the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market. The internet has given us constant access to knowledge, now we need big ideas and creative solutions. We need people who can think laterally. Human advancement will be dependent on what we do with the knowledge we accumulate.
The Future of Education, Knowledge & Learning panel session at this year’s Rhodes Forum will tackle this question and the potential solutions. As DOC CEO Jean-Christophe Bas discusses in the latest Road to Rhodes video, education is not just there to make children employable. It is should bring people together and help prepare individuals to become good citizens.
During his time as Director of Education at the Council of Europe, Bas recognised that there are massive aspects of education that are regularly overlooked and neglected. He highlights educating children to be citizens and educating children to participate as two examples of such.
Jean-Christophe Bas argues that the role of the traditional education system is shrinking and now only meets 15 – 20% of a student’s capacity to learn. The private sector is growing and the consequences that follow on from this growth must be addressed. Bas asks, “How do we prepare the