The Future Of Education
When we started Greenfields Academy, we were convinced that there was a better way of educating students. Many of the advances in learning science and technology were not able to be leveraged in a traditional model. Everyone having to learn the same things, at the same age, at the same pace made no sense. Moving students ahead before they really learned the key foundational material was setting them up for failure down the road. Rewarding children for developing classroom skills that aren’t transferable to the real world was shortsighted.
That was the genesis for starting Greenfields. A school where mastery, differentiation and real-life skills are the foundation that we build on. We still believe deeply in these things and are proud of what we’ve accomplished in so short a period of time. That being said, I didn’t fully understand the urgency of creating a new education system from the start. I was focused on the fixing the inadequacies of the current model, nothing more, nothing less.
That has changed. Recently, I had the privilege to sit down with several well-known futurists and do a deep dive into how the world is changing and what that means for education. They pointed out two macro-trends that are attention-grabbing.
1. The rate of automation of routine oriented cognitive and manual jobs is rapidly increasing. Research by Frey and Osborne claims that 47% of today’s jobs in the US are at a very high likelihood of being automated.
2. The internet is quickly making knowledge a commodity. It’s virtually free and almost everyone has access to it.
Doing assigned routine work and dispensing memorized knowledge are at the core of the traditional school system. Lots of people with lots of money are working really hard to tweak an 100+ year old legacy educational system to get students ready for the needs of today. However it’s just not going to work. There is no room for agility, let alone innovation in the traditional school system.
Greenfields’ approach doesn’t just fix the inadequacies of the traditional system, it prepares children for the future they will inherit. They spend their time working on real-world problems and developing the cognitive skills that underlie learning, not filling in worksheets and memorizing facts.
We remain committed to helping our young people become the best versions of themselves and inspiring them to do the things that only they can do, but we also have our sights set on the future and are making sure our students have the skills, knowledge and mindset they will need to thrive and make their world a better place.
I invite you to join our community and help make sure that our children are ready for the future. Applications can be found here. Space is limited, so don’t delay.
Founder, Greenfields Academy