Has College Become “the New High School”?

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CMRubinWorld’s new interview with world-renowned thought leader Dr. Howard Gardner illuminates crucial changes needed for the US education system to encourage life-long learning.

As the United States prepares to choose a new president this November, passionate debate continues on how best to put every child on a path towards a successful future.

During this summer, CMRubinWorld’s The Global Search for Education platform brought back its popular 2012 Education Debate series and put the tough questions to those at the forefront of educational change: Is our curriculum preparing them for the jobs we need to fill in an age of globalization and artificial intelligence? Should tuition at public colleges and universities be free?

In an in-depth interview with CMRubinWorld Founder C. M. Rubin, Dr. Gardner asserts the need to reimagine what it means to teach our kids: “We need to think of education much more broadly than ever before – a new ‘when’, a new ‘where’. To many people, education means K-12 public schools; or now, that ‘college has become the new high school’, K-14 or K-16 education.”

The series also features globally recognized thought leaders Andy Hargreaves, Diane Ravitch, Randi Weingarten, Julia Freeland Fisher, and Charles Fadel. All 6 contributors were asked to imagine they were Secretary of Education for the new administration.

Gardner emphasizes that the educational choices we make today will drastically affect the outcome of our collective futures: “For most, the school is the first model of a community and it can be a very powerful one. We need to ensure that young people are raised in educational communities that they admire and that they will seek to emulate or re-create for the rest of their lives.” Gardner goes on to emphasize the importance of life-long learning: “…education begins at birth–or indeed, as we now know, in utero–and continues as long as the individual is active, motivated, capable. How we nurture our infants and toddlers is more important than ever; even after one has raised a family, even after one has quit the workplace, one can and should still be both teaching and learning.”

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Howard Gardner has received numerous honors throughout his lifetime, including a MacArthur prize fellowship. He has honorary degrees from universities around the globe, and has been named one of the 100 most influential intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospects magazine for his work in the study and exploration of the theory of multiple intelligences. He directs The GoodWork™ Project, a large scale effort to identify individuals and institutions that exemplify good work.

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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