Shuffle to the Left

I feel Bob Dylan succinctly sums up how I feel about this week’s blog post. The lyrics for this song are poignant in that it’s a challenge to youth and those in power to examine their lives and adjust accordingly. It warns of a looming revolution that is closer than one may think.

A perfect way to describe education and technology today.


Schools have a responsibility to change, as I mentioned in a comment on Dani’s blog (who by the way appears to share the same sentiments about counterculture rock from the 1960s as me ;)) because schools were not designed to stagnate.

Educational research into our future learners seems to have reached a consensus regarding what teachers and administration needs to do to help our students. New skills in terms of what “productivity” or “collaboration” means need to be explored. As the 2020 Future Work Skills points out:

Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers
reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and the skills we will need to be productive contributors in the future.

And in the MacArthur Foundation White Paper What are the New Skills:

Access to [the] participatory culture functions as a new form of the hidden curriculum, shaping which youth will succeed and which will be left behind as they enter school and the workplace

This means that schools must shift and change in order to meet the needs of our new worldly learners. Schools need to change their pedagogical focus from a one-size-fits-all approach of students sitting in desks in a classroom at a specific time on a specific day to one that meets the needs of individual learners where they are. I think Wendy had some particularly cogent thoughts on this matter.


Additionally, Bree and Danielle’s Powtoons about 21st century learners emphasized the fact that our education system is in need of a revolution.

However Utopian my views on what I think education should be, I am a realist. I am well aware of all of the constraints placed on education, namely, money.


Everything comes with a price. And as education is a public enterprise, it needs to be set in a line of priorities. Taxpayer money is a precious resource that should be dispensed with with great care and due diligence.

And so we come to the title of my blog post: while I advocate for a revolution in education to overthrow the current system, I understand that our progress will be more akin to a shuffle.

A shuffle is still progress and a shuffle can be fun while we get to where we need to be.


4 thoughts on “Shuffle to the Left

  1. All the yes with this post! First, I completely agree with you as you point out with the Dylan reference…times ARE ALWAYS changing, no matter what era these changes are occurring in – if the generations focused more on their similarities and less on the things that differentiate them maybe we could all work together for a common goal instead. I think the point you make that schools must change with the times is so important – it is our responsibility to prepare kid’s no matter what that looks like or what skills they will need. The stress for the responsible use of funds for education is more important than ever because the technology we need to support these incredible changes are so expensive. Thank you Kelsie for breaking down some of these articles so well. 🙂


  2. Kelsi, I love how you succinctly summed up the new skills by using the terms “productivity” and “collaboration”. Two simple words with such complex implications for teaching and learning!


  3. Kelsie, I agree with the points you made regarding the need for education to change and adapt to fit the needs of our learners in the classroom. It is becoming clear that the skills and knowledge outlined in the curricula do not always meet the needs of our learners as they are living in an increasingly more digital and collaborative world. It is imperative that we, as teachers, adapt our practices and adjust so we are able to help address the learning needs of our students.


  4. Hi Kelsie,
    I look forward to see the progression of your project! I agree with you completely that education must continue to adapt for the needs of our varied learners.
    Great post!


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