Old education systems teach students routine thinking to perform repetitive tasks. But in our rapidly changing world, where technology can perform repetitive tasks for us, such routine thinking does not solve problems, it only makes them worse.
Today, we need creative thinking to improve the world. We need creative people who can generate new ideas to shape the future. To prepare students for the modern world, education must radically change. It needs to place creativity at the heart of all that it does.
So, can you imagine a new type of school? A school that will teach students the creative skills they need to build a better future?
In less than 1,000 words, describe your ideal ‘school of the future’. If you wish, add pictures and videos to help our judges visualise your school.
Your ideas will be judged on their creativity and innovation. That is - how original, new, inventive and groundbreaking they are.
The following questions can help you to think about your ideas.We have organised them into 4 groups to guide – but not limit – your curiosity and imagination. You do not need to answer all of the questions in all of 4 sections. You can simply choose the one you like, or create your own!
1. Image of the future
To design a school of the future, you first need to imagine what that future will look like.
Imagine what jobs and professions might be needed in 20-50 years. What technology will we have? How might it impact the way we live and work, both positively and negatively? What problems might arise?
Think of bigger things too. For example, how will the success of a person or a country be measured in your ideal future? Will it be measured by wealth, or maybe by how much new and positive technology and ideas it creates? Will humanity be obsessed with artificial intelligence, or perhaps it has decided to build something more meaningful? Will people be organised by governments, or inspired by self-organisation?
2. SUBJECTS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
In the future, entirely new jobs will exist.
3. ART FOR CREATIVITY
Practicing art is the best way to strengthen someone’s creativity.
How should your future school be structured?
Do teachers have a new role in your school of the future?
If you have any questions about any of the above, please let us know, and our team will be happy to help! Contact
Think differently. Imagine possibilities. Do not hold back or criticise your ideas.
Dream big. Be brave. Push boundaries. Remember, with creative thinking there is no idea that is ‘too wild’, ‘absurd’, or ‘impossible’.
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