The first half of 2012 has seen a dramatic shift in the education model from an individual craft model to a worldwide commodity model. This concept is detailed on the web site epic2020.org. A transfromational change is taking place and it is time to stop trying to fix a very broken system and redirect our energies toward engaging the new model.
The new model includes:
Content provided for free by the best teachers in the world online, anytime and anyplace.
Mastery is the standard for every item of content.
Badges replace grades and degrees as recognition of specific skill achievements.
A combination of badges define a job description.
Teachers become learning coaches who focus on teaching students how to learn rather than what to learn.
We are all products of the current system. It is very difficult to think about a totally new system. None of us have ever experienced educational change of this magnitude. The road to change is unexplored. And the only certainty is that we cannot stay where we are.
The entrepreneurs of the future will be products of a new way of learning. West Virginia has the opportunity to be a leader in educational change.