The Future Of Education

by Patrick Liew on February 2, 2017

The educational system is largely influenced by what economists term as the human capital model of education.

In short, students are educated to help improve their capacities and capabilities for gainful employment and employability.

While students should be developed to become an important part of the economy, we should not lose sight of the primary focus of education.

We need to develop students to become a moral, wise, responsible and useful person, one who can address social injustice, strengthen society, and live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.

To do so, they need to undergo a more holistic and balanced programme, including studies in humanities, liberal arts, and social sciences.

Such a programme can help students develop their character and values, enhance fluid intelligence, and pursue a broader range of knowledge and expertise.

As we come to grips with a disruptive future, it’s important to train our students to develop 21st century skills.

These are skills that can help them develop new knowledge and expertise to respond to technological advancement, and survive and succeed in current and future environments.

21st century skills include metacognitive and fluid intelligence skills, leadership and persuasion skills, self-regulation skills, high-touch and aesthetic skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, financial literacy skills, and giving back skills.
These skills can make a major difference in helping students live a purposeful, productive and fulfilling life.

Ultimately, formal education can only open the front door to a career but lifelong learning can help our students reach the top floor of the economy and life.


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