“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
When we talk of education, we talk of preparing the students for future. A strong guarantee of a bright future is a fully-functional, fully-engaged present. In order to prepare the students for a successful future, it is imperative to give a ‘present’ of education that smoothly blends the optimistic futuristic curriculum with the foundational traditional courses in a balanced way. The key word here is ‘balance’. Balance is what brings rhythm, harmony and order in the student’s life –present and future.
While the world is extending reality to augmented reality and virtual reality and intelligence to artificial intelligence, it is time for the schools to refurbish the curriculum around the new and novel concepts and instil analytical and problem solving skills in students so that they are geared up to manage the challenges of the technology-driven world and life of tomorrow. At the same time, concept of teamwork, communication, ethics and exploration which are found ruling in the past decades curriculum should remain intact as they form a strong underpinning for the student’s holistic growth.
It is interesting to look here that the students who are in primary school today will complete their senior secondary in mid 30s; their graduation and post graduation by late 30s; start working in 40s and will work till 70s. The implication is clear –the education imparted to the students must cater to what will be required ten, twenty, thirty years from now. It indeed is a time for overhauling the curriculum and bring more futuristic subjects to the platter and also modify the pedagogical methods.
The future curriculum should focus on problem solving, analytical thinking, imbibing imagination and creativity and digital skills while retaining the advantages of team work and collaboration. Technology should be made to penetrate into the system in teaching, learning, conducting examinations and evaluating. Students should start learning about computers and their application from a tender age. The focus of computers should not be coding alone but experimenting with imagination and creativity in whichever way possible. There should be intervention of computational thinking and data analysis too. Competitions should aim at fostering the imaginative powers in students where only sky should be the limit. Talk of cybersecurity, talk of deep learning, talk of robotics and you will be able to nurture a whole new bunch of creative, insightful, interpretive and ingenious students for the future. Let us not forget about the traditional focus on ethics, values, and moral science which are timeless in nature and will be as useful in future as they were in the past.
Education does not end with school; neither does it end with examination nor with degree. It is the knowledge that the student broadens and builds to a life-long learning by absorbing the truth about life. For a student to make a comprehensive use of his present and future, curriculum needs to undergo continuous improvement and now is the time to include the futuristic curriculum.