I’m reading this Time magazine article, "How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century," which uses an analogy of Rip Van Winkle awakening today and being astonished by all the changes in the workplace. However, when he walks into a classroom, he knows exactly what it is because as he says, it looks like it did back 100 years ago except for the color of the blackboards.
The article goes on to discuss how education hasn't kept pace with other areas of society as students tend to be taught pretty much as their great-grandparents were...sitting while the teacher lectures, taking notes by hand, and using textbooks that are mostly outdated. Thus, there is a huge gap between what is going on in the classroom and what is going on in the world outside.
The authors espouse that education in the future needs to cross disciplines, include global thinking, and put an emphasis on creative and innovative skills. In addition, emotional intelligence or people skills will be seen as important for success in the workplace as any other skill. As noted, "We have to emphasize communication skills, the ability to work in teams and with people from different cultures."
The article ends with:
"Teachers need not fear that they will be made obsolete. They will, however, feel increasing pressure to bring their methods-along with the curriculum-into line with the way the modern world works. That means putting a greater emphasis on teaching [students] to collaborate and solve problems in small groups and apply what they've learned in the real world."
And one more note: the authors mention skills that are missing in recent high school graduates entering the workforce such as showing "respect for others as well as [how] to be punctual, responsible and work well in teams."
All good classroom management skills we can model and enforce.