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Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Forecasting Possible Futures of Education

Recently I have been thinking and writing about possible futures of education. This naturally required that I think about and forecast still more broadly-based futures reflecting possible major changes in our world, changes that will strongly impact the future of education.

This IAE Blog lists and comments on forecasts for 15 areas that I believe to be quite relevant to our educational systems. For each item in my current list, I have provided a brief comment about its possible impact on our PreK-12 schools in the coming decades. My list is in alphabetical order.

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Artificial Intelligence in Fast Food Restaurants in China

My report card at the end of my first grade of school indicated, “David reads widely and understandingly.” I have had more than 75 additional years of experience at that activity, and it is a very pleasurable part of my life. Recently I read a short article that I want to share with you, How A.I. Ate the Colonel (Chang, 3/28/2019).

China is in the process of implementing  a facial recognition system that contains every person in China. The system is now good enough to be widely used, both for surveillance purposes and for everyday transactions in stores. Here is a quote from Chang’s article:

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Tools Help Us Build on the Work of Self and Others

     "...human brains have become equipped with add-ons, thinking tools by the thousands, that multiply our brains' cognitive powers by many orders of magnitude." (Daniel Clement Dennett III; American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist; 1942-.) [Bold added for emphasis.]

     "We must preserve the power of intrinsic motivation, dignity, cooperation, curiosity, joy in learning, that people are born with." (W. Edwards Deming; American international business consultant and statistician; 1900-1993.) [Bold added for emphasis.]

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2018 was a Good Year for the IAE Blog

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” (Aristotle; Greek philosopher; 384 BC–322 BC.)

I published the first Information Age Education blog entry on August 10, 2010. There are now 422 entries in this collection (Moursund, IAE Blog, link). By the end of 2018, this blog series had accumulated than 3.8 million page-views. It had more than 250,000 page-views in 2018.

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Rights of People Who Are Suffering Severe Loss of Mental Capacity

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Rights of People Who Are Suffering Severe Loss of Mental Capacity

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Big Brother’s Growing Capability to Listen To and Censor You

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” (Henry Louis “H.L.” Mencken; American journalist, essayist, editor; 1880-1956.)

I am a regular reader of New Scientist, a weekly British magazine that covers a wide range of science-oriented topics. I think it is a very good publication. The following short article is quoted  from the In Brief section of a recent issue (New Scientist, 6/6/2018). It provides a frightening glimpse into the growing artificial intelligence capabilities and possible uses of computers.

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Are Our Kindergarten Students Ready for School, or Vice Versa?

The title of a recent article by Cassie Walker Burke caught my eye: Three Out of Four Illinois Kids Aren’t Ready for Kindergarten. Why That’s a Problem  (Burke, 8/13/2018).

Here is a key quote from the article:

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The Changing Face of Math Education

I was recently corresponding with one of my long-time math education friends, and I decided to formulate a math education question that I thought would be fun to discuss. This IAE Blog entry is based on the question I asked my friend:

When you look back over your long career in math education, what changes have you seen in math education that you feel have been particularly successful (good) and particularly unsuccessful (not-good)? (Moursund, 2018b).

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Automation in the Banking Industry

From time to time I encounter an article that provides valuable insight into how computer-based automation is affecting employment throughout the world. Here is a recent example of an article about the Swedish banking industry. Quoting from (The Download, 7/30/2018):

Casper von Koskull, the CEO of Sweden based Nordea Bank, predicts that the banking industry will slice its workforce in half over the next 10 years. Last year, Koskull announced his company would cut 6,000 jobs in favor of automation.

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Desirable Job Skills

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The world faces changes in employment patterns being brought about by continuing progress in technology. The table given below presents (rank ordered) desirable university graduate job skills in Europe (Pathak, 2/11/2016). Since there is a steady increase in worldwide competition to hire highly qualified college graduates, such lists tend to be useful to employers throughout the world. They also are of interest to students and educational systems throughout the world.

As I looked at these two lists, I noticed that there is considerable change from what employers were looking for in 2015, and their more recent thoughts on what they are looking for in the near future. Employers hiring university graduates are looking for smart, well-educated employees who have a track record of having the ability to learn new things and make creative use of their brains to solve complex problems.

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