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22nd Century Learner

Future of education
We are social creatures and students, in particular, need socialization to become the adults that run the country in the future that we need. How many interactions do you generate/integrate into your everyday lessons? One can describe teachers as engineers of the mind, social engineers. How should this be done, what should it look like? Teachers have this responsibility but, not in the role that you may imagine. Visualise yourself in front of your class, chances are you see your best class. Did you pick your best class by accident? I think not. You make connections with it and you would do lots for this class and the students in it and they know it.
How do we socialize students? Not as a sociologist would (few if any teachers have the training to be effective in this role). We do it by utilizing the pedagogy that we all posses, the things we do every day! We do this by utilizing a persons system 1 and system 2. System 1 takes advantage of immediate responses to environmental conditions, it’s crude but quick. Media and commercialization control this as an art form. We as teachers need to tap into this, not because it is good but because this is what students bring with them. This is the game changer, two for one, half price for a limited time. If we don’t then education will be seen as irrelevant (visualise the class that causes you the most problem). Then we instruct them in deep thinking with system 2.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is not complete. Fear, anger, hate compete with all the rest to take education away from students. System 1 is activated by these, which in turn stops system 2 from working. Whatever the reason that fear, anger, hate was generated they will continue to be just consumers not thinkers? This is how we are the social engineers. We cannot afford to let these emotions into our class. There is a crisis looming and we need a paradime shift in our methods. Always smile (it’s free and it is extra).

Education is in desperate need of a paradime shift in thinking. We must utilize the same processes that both the media and commerilsation use. We must limit fear, anger, hate as this limits thinking. Using techniques and methodology that we are practicing everyday we can achieve this. How, by using a persons system 1 thinking and access to their system 2 pathways.


Yes, we have to model what we think is best for society and once you are a teacher then you are judged in the public eye. If you transgress what your community deems appropriate, for best manners and deportment, then you can expect to feel their wrath. We teach these same protocols to 21st Century learners and expect them to also comply, thus teachers are a product of their own making. What happens then when our culture evolves and the societal norms change? Do we continue with ‘business as usual’ giving instruction in the same time honored way? Is that what is expected from us?

We have to model what we think is best for society. But, society needs to tell us what they want. Once Australia has decided the direction it wishes to take then we will follow with our targeted skills to get the most out of every individual. We have to inform those in power of the importance of education – with direction. Currently we are dictated to by commercialism where we see people commercialised and exploited for profit. How long has it been since you saw an advertisement or worse still, acted on its advice and purchased the item ‘just because’?

Our role in society is not to give a belief system/structure, it is to give students the skills to make informed decisions. How we go about that is by using what society presents to us. During this transition phase into the ‘brave new world’ we have to use these structures, which are accessible to the classroom. If a student presents with low engagement, truncated literacy, ADD, ADHD, a poor home life, depression or any one of many things that are becoming more prevalent in schools, we need to use their commercialised belief structure to access them.

A paradigm shift is upon us. We cannot continue with business as usual, a metamorphosis is imminent and we have to evolve. We need to sell education. This sell cannot be like a fast food outlet providing high GI food, it has to be low GI brain food that we provide and sell it in a way that does not hijack the learner and leave them with the dogma of commercialisation. Generate positive emotions to access people’s intrinsic motivation, its longer lasting and better for you. Tell them how good they are, you may be the only person today to do so. Students learn a teacher, so sell yourself as someone that values education, sell your subject, your school, education. After you have achieved this ask the community where they want to be in the 22nd Century.