America’s public education system is not preparing students for today’s realities of civic and global competitiveness, much less tomorrow’s. More than ever, America needs creative, talented teachers, school leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who can solve complex problems. Every school and classroom has students with the potential to become these leaders, but we are losing too many of them. We must attend to social mobility, customized opportunity, and systems change today.
This introduction outlines a set of essays about how education can adapt to a rapidly changing world and prepare the next generations to lead us forward. The essays suggest how we can approach the unknowns and draws implications, both immediate and long-term, for research and development, investment, and policy.
Pointing toward new principles and priorities, the ideas are intended to help inform conversations among educators, policymakers, funders, and community leaders.
Explore other essays in this collection: Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education
- To Meet the Needs of Complex Learners, School Systems Must Think More Boldly by Robin Lake (11/05/18)
- Removing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Career by Robin Lake and Betheny Gross (07/27/18)
- Today’s Education Systems Won’t Support Tomorrow’s Learners by Robin Lake (06/21/18)
- How Can We Get Serious About Successful Pathways for Every Student? by Robin Lake (04/30/18)