Are We Changing Fast Enough?

by Patrick Liew on December 13, 2016

I trust the Ministry of Education will study the new school closely and be opened to learn from any potential innovations from the school.

As we press on towards a disruptive future, it’s not uncommon for educational incumbents to hold on to status quo, especially if the current systems have achieve multiple awards and successes.

Educational leaders may be over focusing on current systems without realizing that what have helped them succeed in the past may not help them succeed in the future.

In the process of working on current urgent matters, they may not realise the landscape is changing.

They may not be educating students to meet demands of future employers and the economy.

To make the necessary changes, it can often be hard for a big educational ship to turn its direction.

The delay and slowness to make the necessary changes may affect how we shape our current students to meet fast-changing needs of their communities and society as a whole.

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, there’s a need to continue to improve educational system while at the same time, preempt and respond to disruptive forces.

To do that, innovation should be at the core of our educational culture, system and operation.

We need to position our educational leaders to be pioneers of change and catalysts for improvements.

We need to strengthen research and development at every level of the organizational hierarchy, right down to school and classroom levels.

There’s a heightened need for educational leaders to work closely with key leaders from not just the the public but also the people and private sectors to future-proof our students.

We need to have the gumption and be courageous and curious enough to establish experimental sites within the current system and without.

We need to continue to pilot, prototype and pioneer radical breakthroughs for the betterment of our educational system.

Moving forward, let’s continue to look at how we can disrupt ourselves for a brighter future and become the disruptor before we become disrupted by external forces.


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