Teaching Australia has published Teaching for Uncertain Futures – a scenario building project involving teachers and leaders from across Australia. It describes four future scenarios for schooling and asks the provocative questions:
- what will the Australian teaching profession have to do to be successful in the environments in which it will have to operate in 2030?
- what are the implications of these challenges for school leadership?
We must accept that our classrooms do not represent today’s world – they are products of the 19th and 20th century. One of the defining characteristics of the 21st century is the rapidness of change particularly with technology. So what implications does this have on the teaching profession?
Whether we like it or not, teachers and school leaders will have to become ‘futurists’ if schools are to survive beyond 2030. We can no longer think about schooling locally but globally. And we must be planning in years not in weeks or terms.
How is this done? It means asking the right questions, monitoring global trends, building sustainable partnerships, understanding technology, managing risks and seizing opportunities.
If these ‘future scenarios’ do not become part of our reflective practice now, schools will certainly be obselete before 2030.