I knew a perfect storm was brewing, when going through the Star Newspaper today.
Two news reports, in different sections of the news paper pointing to the same subject.
Technology is changing the work place, and how we educate our children.
Most schools are finding it hard to cope with the rapid rate of change and according to the World Economic Forum the world’s education systems are failing to prepare children for the workplace of the future.
What we have been doing for sometime now, has been to deliver 21 st century learning into our classroom, and to give prominence to learning by inquiry.
We encourage our students to explore the material so that they discover knowledge rather than sit in a class and have a teacher cover knowledge. Our students explore deeply the conceptual words that anchor any given body of knowledge to be learnt and by doing so are able to transfer these concepts from one context to another.
Some of these techniques, are not unique to Fairview International School, but sadly are almost unheard of in the national schools.
Hence, it didn’t come as a great shock to me, when our sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin told a conference over the weekend, that we should fine tune our education system to meet the job requirements of the future.
The future, though, might already be here, as a report in the Star has the scoop.
The report says that PAL-V , a Dutch company aims to start production on what they bill as a world first – a three-wheeled gyrocopter-type vehicle which can carry two people and will be certified for use on the roads and in the skies.
With this in mind, what our sports minister said over the weekend, that 65 per cent of the jobs that are available today in Malaysia, will be a thing of the past over the next 30 years, is not mere rethoritics.
A flying car , that can be used on the road by as early as in 2018, just like in the Jetson cartoons, should be a wake up call to everybody, me included.