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A Message from 2038 – Help Education!

This is a fictional narration.

You can watch it on Xtranormal. (sorry, wordpress stripes the embed codes)

Help Education
by: JessieChuang


It’s 2038.

I am sending this message back to you, I hope some of you could help our education going in the right direction into digital learning age so that we won’t lose the competition in world-wide talent evolution.

Now we have robots replacing our workers widely, the unemployment rate has reached 49%. As our technologies are becoming more complex quickly but we are becoming much simpler. They learn about us while we come to know less and less about them. Without wars, our world has been dominated by those countries that implemented the right strategies in educating their next generation several decades ago. It’s a war of human talent.

Unfortunately, our education system teaches students to copy, memorize, calculate, obey, and keep scores. Pretty much the qualities we look for in machines, and now the machines have taken most of our jobs. The ability of creating, critical thinking and learning – the autodidactic ability to learn new skills at will –  are why robots can’t replace human beings. But we were too late to put them into focus. And the world changes so fast!

Looking back to history, those successful countries make quality learning content freely available within their nations. But this was only the first step, they placed resources to educate their citizens in higher order thinking skills and becoming creators instead of being only consumers of information. Our citizens are illiterate in the digital age. They are the consumers of the content they got fed. Education content should be free and customizable to meet every learner. It should be re-usable by all teachers and students so that they can strengthen digital literacy through building knowledge.

Program or be programmed*, that determined the fate of our country.

Teachers, you are at the frontier of saving our country. Please start to think learning in different ways, it’s not the transfer of knowledge, it’s to build human capability. Just starting from a handful of educators, with proper knowledge and tools, the transformation can happen.


*Note : The phrase “Program or be programmed” is borrowed from Douglas Rushkoff’s famous book :

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”


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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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