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Ida Helena Rust
Jan 31, 2022
In Futures Thinking in Education
Interested in your opinion (view) in regards to this article The Deskilling of Teaching and the Case for Intelligent Tutoring Systems by James Hughes, published in the Journal of Ethics And Emerging Technologies (publication date: 2022-01-25) (http://jeet.ieet.org/index.php/home/article/view/90/81)
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Ida Helena Rust
Dec 16, 2021
In Futures Thinking in Education
As a philosopher and a dramaturge, I like to understand what things mean and how they are perceived. ‘Teach the Future’ etymologically means ‘pointing out what is yet to be’. We make predictions based on what happened in the past and we interpret events as signs, pointing us in a certain direction. An interpretation does not equal truth, and so we create images of what we believe may happen. In every day life, all over the world, we teach. But what we teach is gained (proven) knowledge. Maybe not scientifically or empirically proven or verified, but at least something that has been repeated several times with a desired outcome. So, why is it so important to teach something that has not taken place and of which no one knows for sure what is going to happen. And how can we teach the future? First, the world is rapidly changing. The world population almost quadrupled over the last 100 years. This means more people to take care of, but also a growing economy and societal changes. Technological developments support and enable more growth. Of everything. And then there are also environmental and climate changes, which cannot be seen independently from the former two. We are part of the world. This sounds very obvious, but we have to understand that we are part of the change and that we are changing at the same time. Globalisation, mobility, Internet, etc. they all change how we interact with the world. On an individual level and on an organizational level. The most visible change driver nowadays is connected digital technology. Secondly, survival of the fittest. Let me first clear out what is meant by 'fittest'. Fittest means here ‘to fit in’. Evolution is driven by randomness and adaptation. Changes may occur unexpectedly or as the result of an adaptation. That what adapts best, i.e. fits in, has the highest chance of survival. And as a natural rule of thumb, everything strives for survival. Teaching the future is important for our survival. I know, this sounds dramatic. Formulated differently: teaching the future is important to preserve and increase the wellbeing of humanity. This applies to the individual, the ecosystem and the economy. The word 'eco' is associated with the environment, but actually it means ‘house’. Economy means literally to manage the house. And ecosystem means a whole compounded of places where elements reside. The term ecosystem finds now more and more its way in the rethinking of cities and companies. The bottom line is: everything is with everything connected and therefore influences other elements and therewith the whole system. Economy is not just about making money, but about creating a sustainable base for human individuals to live comfortably. Teaching the future is about understanding this. Understanding what is going on, what may go on, how this may impact us and all the other elements in the ecosystem. This sounds very complex. But is is not, because there is no right or wrong answer. Every individual has one’s way of looking at the things and every individual is equally important. By sharing views, visions and dreams, against the background I just described, it is possible to creapt. Crea(tive) means to bring forth and 'apt' means 'to fit' an. Thus: bringing forth to fit in. Teachers of the Future facilitate. In Portuguese we have the word ‘fácil’, meaning ‘easy’. Teachers of the Future make creaptation easier by offering guidance. Teachers of the Future may share their own insights. Not because we know better (like teachers in other disciplines, who may have more knowledge about a certain topic than their students), but to add to the overall vision from their own individual perspective. Yet, in the end, everyone can be a Teacher of the Future, where ideally we turn towards the other and ask: “Teach me the future. Shed your light on what may become...”
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