Skills we will need by 2030 - design thinking

Not to fail - we need to change.

Traditional education paradigms were initially modeled after the needs for industrialization. So, being prepared for what Klaus Schwann called the 4th industrial revolution - in which new technologies will change the physical, digital, and biological worlds on a grand scale - require interdisciplinary approaches to learning.

By 2026, a lot of tasks will be automated by technology. It will eliminate nearly 2 million jobs in the USA.

Though, these figures are to incite fear, the future is far more promising.

According to McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030 there will be a surge of over 200 million new careers. But they will no longer ask to simply collect or process data.

Students will be called on to use their uniquely human skills of

  • collaboration,
  • communication,
  • empathy,
  • divergent thinking.

Here comes the promise of experimental learning - through the elements of design thinking.

Design thinking begins when students use their content knowledge to identify a meaningful problem to solve and then work together to create solutions.

Not so long ago I had the chance to talk to 25 teachers about CBL and TBL & their usage in language teaching. Surprisingly, the information was not met enthusiastically - most of my trainees complained. They didn’t see the sense in cases usage. They never did and never planned to start. They preferred ready-to-use list of topics to discuss with their students. The research of McKinsey proves that it was not my fault, at all. It is natural selection in front of the revolution.

Are you ready for a new education system? To learn and teach in new conditions? Are they so new?