This IAE Blog entry was written late in December of 2019, and then expanded and republished on 1/4/2020.
"All education springs from some image of the future. If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its education system will betray its youth." (Alvin Toffler; American writer and futurist; 1928-2016.)
Early in 2007, I developed and wrote a new IAE-pedia page, What the Future is Bringing Us. It featured very brief summaries of articles published in 2007 that contained predictions of the future, and Toffler’s quote began the very first one (Moursund, 2007, link). I have continued this task each year since then, and I now have a good start on futures predictions for 2019, I enjoy re-reading the older forecasts and thinking about whether or not they have proved to be reasonably accurate.
"...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.]
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).
I created the non-profit company Information Age Education (IAE) in 2007. During the same year I wrote the IAE-pedia article, What the Future Is Bringing Us (2007). I am now making good progress in writing the eleventh yearly article (year 2017) of this series. You can access all of these “futures” articles in the IAE-pedia (Moursund, 2017). You may enjoy looking at “old” forecasts and comparing what actually happened with what was forecast.
My intent in this multi-year series is to focus on changes in technology, especially Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and how these changes could or perhaps should be affecting our educational systems.