Future of Learning Top Reads for week of Nov 12 2018

“AI Guru Andrew Ng on the Job Market of Tomorrow,” by Sara Castellanos, in Wall Street Journal

“We built the K-12 [education] systems, and we built the higher-education system, and these were very hard things to do. We need something else on top of that now.”

Why does this matter to the future of learning?

Ng, one of the world’s leading experts in AI, believes that this Age of Accelerations will require lifelong learning from all of us, not just to ensure that we remain relevant amidst rapid change, but also to ensure that we are competent citizens of a democratic republic.  

Right now “school” typically ends after college. If we are making a shift to lifelong learning, and if much learning will happen in places other than schools, that tectonic shift is likely to alter what happens K12 and in higher ed. Darwinian pressures on employers to educate and retrain employees will likely have a ripple effect. This is one reason why the Basecamp team keeps an eye on Learning & Development trends in the world of work. We encourage school leaders to do the same.

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“The high-return activity of raising others' aspirations,” by Tyler Cowen, on Marginal Revolution blog

“At critical moments in time, you can raise the aspirations of other people significantly, especially when they are relatively young, simply by suggesting they do something better or more ambitious than what they might have in mind. It costs you relatively little to do this, but the benefit to them, and to the broader world, may be enormous.”

Why does this matter to the future of learning?

Kids can almost always do more than you think they can.

Invite them to surprise you.  

Then support them.

The “compound interest” on them—and the world—might be huge.

(All is the above goes for your teachers, too.).


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Christian Talbot