21st Century Education & Workforce - DD for Eden Prairie

21st Century Education & Workforce

We are heading towards a time where conventional things will be done by unconventional means. Some of the things that technological advances will bring in a not so distant future - instead of doctors themselves, guided robots will be able to perform surgeries, while drones delivering packages is already a reality in a limited extent, that will be even more prevalent, and the cars will be truly self-driven. The future holds the promise of disruptive innovation. On one hand, it is heartwarming to see how far we have come, but on the other hand, it gives us chills in comprehending the breathtaking suspense of future adventures. In an effort to harness the future, we need to make sure that our children are prepared for the ever-changing landscape of the 21st century. For this, our schools need to stress on 6C's:

Creativity

Collaboration

Communication

Critical Thinking

Competitiveness

Compassion 

Of course, the right time to introduce these 6 C’s is NOT when our next generation is already in high school. Instead, we need to inculcate these values at an earlier stage in their K-12 education ensuring that they are ready for these concepts but still have enough time to hone in on them.

How would we put this into practice? I will be a voice to promote stronger industry collaboration and partnership for our students who are in Junior and Senior year of High School. If they are given an opportunity to do internships during their time in high school, they will have hands-on industry experience. This will be helpful in many ways including building the necessary soft skills to set them up for success in the future. 

The students will be in a good position to figure out if they would like to attend a 2 yr or 4 yrs college or trade/vocational school.

If they would like to attend a 2 yr school, early industry exposure will help them to figure out their areas of interest and what they would like to do. Instead, if they choose to go for a 4-year college, the experience will be helpful for them to decide what they would like to major in. For some students, their parents are able to pay for college. For many, however, they will need to own the debt and repay themselves. Having early exposure will, therefore, help them to make smart choices and channelize resources properly.

Moreover, having an internship experience will go a long way when students will write their essays for college admissions. It will also help them in obtaining letters of recommendation from industry mentors as a part of the application process. Currently, only a few school districts have this program and bring it to the EP school district will help our students be ahead of the curve.


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  • Tony Morimoto
    School education as it stands has because very archaic. Naval Ravikant points out that while education has become very expensive, knowledge has become very cheap. If you need to perform a home project, for example, you don’t need to hire a handy man for smaller tasks, there is a vast amount of knowledge that can be had very cheaply or free to fix or create things in your house. So, how do we lower the cost of formal education at the public level? If the goal of education is gaining knowledge,  we have so many tools that are not being utilized. The question is the best way to integrate both systems.

    The idea came to me at a church I was attending and think we could implement this idea at the public education level. Look at the churches being planting. They actually don’t have their lead pastor at the church. They televise their sermon to the other churches. It’s not that there aren’t other pastors at the other churches, just the main message there is broadcast to the other ones. What is retained is the community and other aspects that make a church great. We can do this at the public education level.

    Essentially you compartmentalize each class as an object. I will use math for this example. The basis is you have Math rooms where students can watch lectures and then have that homeroom teacher do the other math functions of grading and answering individualized questions. There are many advantages of having teachers record and organize their lectures online.  We get good educators to educate more people and bad ones from reaching students. You don’t have to limit the good teacher of only teaching calculus. Teachers can effectively teach many classes and students, if they like that teacher, will be able to learn many classes from them. Good students will be able to learn faster, and slower students will be able to rewatch lectures for parts they missed or didn’t understand. This also will allow faster students to learn more advanced classes in their areas of expertise, as opposed to jumping grade levels overall and be behind in their less good areas.
    This is also a good metric to decide teacher pay if you want to correlate that with quality. How do we know which teachers reach students? It’s rather difficult now. But, by tracking views and the individualized progress of lecture patterns, it will be easy to determine how fast students can learn from each teacher. We don’t need all the teachers to be all stars to have a good school. It’s also unrealistic to think that all the teachers are all starts. We just need a few because we know that those will be the lectures actually viewed. 
    This strategy will allow for your (and Larry Sharp’s) strategy of overall education being k-10 instead of K-12. The people that want to go to college can, and the other ones can use 2 years for vocational school or an internship.
  • I am passionate about helping our students to be ready for 21st Century Workforce. I will be a voice to promote stronger industry collaboration and partnership for our students who are in Junior and Senior year of High School. https://www.ddforep.com/21st_century?recruiter_id=2