Teaching Know How | The Straits Times (Jan 2013)

By Ayesha Khanna

DISRUPTIVE technologies are shattering the notion of a stable career, as well as how we prepare for professional life in the future.

Just a few years ago, Western industrial   workers   primarily feared the outsourcing of their jobs to Asia. Now automation is as much a threat. Together, the challenge is existential for  the average citizen of even modern, advanced societies.

The 19th-century model of education, which consists of a linear accumulation of credits from elementary school to university, can no longer guarantee success in the 21st century.

That system presumes that our maximum capacity for professional learning occurs between the ages of 17 and 25. But the future of education is one that has no beginning, middle or end: It is life-long learning, training and re-training.

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