Foreword by: John Seely Brown
Publication Date: April 28, 2017
This important contribution to the future of education, by bestselling author and renowned cognitive scientist Allan Collins, proposes a school curriculum that will fit the needs of our modern era. Offering guidelines for deciding what is important to learn in order to become a knowledgeable person, a good citizen, a thoughtful worker, and a valuable friend in the 21st century, Collins considers the qualities needed for a healthy and productive life. Taking a close look at how advances in technology, communication, and the dissemination of information are reshaping the world, this volume examines how schools can foster flexible, self-directed learners who will succeed in the modern workplace. A concluding chapter presents a broad new vision for how schools can be redesigned to teach the kinds of knowledge and skills students will need in an increasingly complex society and global world.
Allan Collins, professor emeritus of learning sciences at Northwestern University, has studied teaching and learning for over 30 years and has written extensively on related topics. He is the coauthor with Richard Halverson of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America.
“Collins has provided educators with a succinct, 120‑page blueprint for how American schools can better prepare students for the complex world they inhabit today as well as the one they will inherit tomorrow. Collins’ themes and specific suggestions are relevant for educators, administrators, and those crafting a new vision of schooling by challenging the long‑standing assumptions about what students should learn.”
—Teachers College Record
"Novel and revolutionary, this book is a much-needed wake-up call for imaginatively rethinking what education needs to become in this complex, networked, and radically contingent world."
—From the Foreword by John Seely Brown, visiting scholar and advisor to the provost, University of Southern California
Every book club, city council, school board, parent group, and teacher research network should dedicate time toward reading this book. Old and new ideas come together around our most essential gifts as humans: curiosity and self-reliance set firmly on a foundation of connection, passion, and caring. This book is such a gift to us at this critical time.
—Shirley Brice Heath, professor emerita of English and linguistics, Stanford University
"What are the powerful ideas that will make students productive citizens and allow them to live lives of meaning and fulfillment? How can we foster love of learning among our youth? They will need that to participate in a world where changes are happening faster than ever. This book helps us imagine what this kind of education would look like. Armed with that imagination, we might even be able to make it happen."
—Janet Kolodner, chief learning scientist, Concord Consortium, and professor emerita of computer science, Georgia Tech
"In a post-industrial millennium where software and automation threatens a vast proportion of jobs globally, we need a foundational education so that all people can become the adaptive lifelong learners they will need to be in a world where an accelerating pace of change is the only constant. Collins’ manifesto launches the comprehensive conversation we need on the future of learning.”
—Roy Pea, David Jacks Professor of Education and Learning Sciences, Stanford University