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Don't try to predict the future, hack it

Joe Haig, Director of ICT / ICT Integrator Belmont Christian College, Founder codewiseclassroom.com.au

Maybe we need to rethink the 'predict and position' future-proofing model.
   Educators have always sought to set students up for success by teaching them the skills we think they’ll need. The problem is, none of us know how all the shifts we’re witnessing will settle or what further shifts they’ll trigger. Predicting the future is a hit and miss business. As Dan Gregory and Keiren Flanaghan point out in their book Forever Skills, "There's a reason futurists, social demographers and economists don't offer money back guarantees."
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17 Oct 2019
Don't try to predict the future, hack it News Image

Maybe we need to rethink the 'predict and position' future-proofing model.
   Educators have always sought to set students up for success by teaching them the skills we think they’ll need. The problem is, none of us know how all the shifts we’re witnessing will settle or what further shifts they’ll trigger. Predicting the future is a hit and miss business. As Dan Gregory and Keiren Flanaghan point out in their book Forever Skills, "There's a reason futurists, social demographers and economists don't offer money back guarantees."
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