Curriculum Must be Updated for the Information Age

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CMRubinWorld’s recent interview with education thought leader Charles Fadel illuminates crucial Curriculum changes needed for students to meet rapidly changing labor demands of the 21st century.

Stanford studies indicate that students are both overloaded and underprepared. According to the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) founder Charles Fadel, “We must deeply redesign curriculum to be relevant to the knowledge, skills, character qualities, and meta-learning students will need in their lives.”  During the 1800’s, curriculum was transformed to catch up with the industrial revolution. However, the majority of this now antiquated structure has remained. How to revise Curriculum for the Information Age in the current over-crowded system?

In C. M. Rubin’s new interview with Fadel, he relates that the unpredictability of the future forces education systems to reimagine their idea of Curriculum: “There are both technological and human changes occurring that will change the fabric of daily life.” Fadel explains that across traditional and modern knowledge his organization is working “to both simplify and connect the content: simplify by boiling down subjects to their essential questions; and connect by highlighting themes across subjects, adding the myriad connections that exist between a subject and all other relevant subjects, and the connections to its application in the world.”

CCR is organizing a framework of competencies needed for this century, to establish not only the How of educating but What is necessary to learn. Fadel notes, “We are taking the trends identified by futurists and economists, and connecting them to relevant fields of study and competencies required.”

Read the full CMRubinWorld article with Charles Fadel here

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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