Have you ever thought to yourself, “the education system needs to change”? or “the education system is so flawed” or something along those lines?
In our latest podcast episode, “Will Our Current Education System Equip Us for Jobs 50 Years from Now?”, on Let’s Learn with Ostaz, Alexandra Kodjabachi, CEO & Founder of PersEd spoke to us about the importance of education beyond traditional learning by designing a learning experience that is tailored to each person.
Alexandra founded PersEd, which stands for Personal Education. It is a learning experience design enterprise that cycles around 21st Century skills mindset transformation and personal development. PersEd focuses on the 21st-century skills, attitudes, and mindset that people need in order to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century. It’s about creating learning experiences that align with the world we live in.
Alex talks about the importance of reformation and improvement of the educational system and about the future of education. What kind of learning will ensure optimized and efficient learning in the future?
She says that we need to make learning, and not exams, the goal of education.
A lot of aspects need to be changed in the education system. Alex touches on the steps that need to be taken to achieve this reformation: from content and mode of education to a human-centric approach to education.
How will education and learning be during the post-Covid era? Will it be Online? Physical? Hybrid? Should part of the curriculum be experienced online and part of it offline?
Will things ever go back to normal? Do we want them to?
Alex says that we need to redefine the new ‘normal’ in education.
Does the current educational system equip us for future jobs?
Alexandra tackles three important elements of reforming the educational system: free flow experimentation, support with the skills that students need, and finding complementarity between emotional skills, like emotional and social intelligence, and technical skills.
To find out the answers to all the aforementioned questions and to be enlightened by everything that Alex had to say about the education system, click here to listen to the insightful podcast episode with Alexandra Kodjabachi, “Will Our Current Education System Equip Us for Jobs 50 Years from Now?” on Let’s Learn with Ostaz on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anghami, or any other podcast streaming service.
Alex emphasizes and uses the expression “be who you are and all you can become”, which means to empower others to become the best version of themselves, for people to be all that they can become, and make education the best it can become.
Alex also mentions that the content of the educational system, in terms of curricula, has to adapt to the 21st century. She says it's not enough to know math and language and science; students also need to understand how to create and come up with new ideas and solve problems. She says, “we need to understand what is it that we need to do offline and what we can do online.”
Alex states that we need to allow students to have their own voice and to have a sense of agency in what they do and are passionate about. In doing so, learners are more capable of coming up with fresh ideas and implementing them. By free-flow experimentation and exploration, students will figure out what kind of skill they should develop for the future, such as creativity, divergent thinking, teamwork, entrepreneurship, social skills, and independence.
Alexandra says, “based on Sir Ken Robinson's ideas and thoughts of industrial economy: we go to school, we follow the guidelines. We study at the pace that we need to study from the perspective of math and language, etc. These equip us for jobs that existed 50 years ago, but they don't necessarily equip us for jobs that are going to exist 50 years from now because change is happening, and it's happening really fast: it's exponential. Now, I think everybody understands what exponential means, with the exponential progress and change that we're seeing in the world. So, change has to happen. I think education really needs to set its course of justice, in order to envision the future, and prepare the learners of today for the future and not for a future that enacts the same models that we have and that are destroying a lot of different things from the perspective of economy and society and politics and so on and so forth. We need to reinvent a new model of living that is sustainable, regenerative, and that is based on a new social contract, if we want to go that far into it. Education has a major role to play is not just to copy the things that were being done before, but to create new methods new ways to refresh its ‘why’ and the part of experiences that are part of the educational experience.”
Alex states that students and learners have the right to create. This necessitates a change in the dynamic and interaction between teacher and student.
So, does the current educational system equip us for future jobs?
What kind of jobs could there be in the future and what are their prerequisites? Will the types of jobs change in the future?
This is the call to improve yourself, work on yourself, and be prepared for what the future holds.
To know more about the development and change that needs to happen in the education industry and to be enlightened by everything that Alex had to say about the education system, click here to listen to our latest podcast episode, “Will Our Current Education System Equip Us for Jobs 50 Years from Now?” on Let’s Learn with Ostaz on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anghami, or any other podcast streaming service.