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What would the educators of the future look like? As an educator, our objective is to ensure our students thrive in tomorrow's uncharted and hazy future. In an era where technologies like artificial intelligence are the norm, and ed-tech companies evangelizing personalized learning strive to automate teachers out of their work with AI, how might we prepare the students of today to be the facilitators of tomorrow?
One of the men charting this inconceivable future for educators is Mitchel Resnick, the director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. His answer is crystal clear: creativity must be at the heart of how we educate, evaluate, and empower our pupils. We'll be reviewing his critically-acclaimed publication, "Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play", to examine how we can utilize creativity for students to build their own learning journey.
There are six chapters in this book: Creative Learning, Projects, Passion, Peers, Play, and Creative Society. These chapters are largely based on his life's work and experiences at the Lifelong Kindergarten research group. Instead of striving to produce Grade-A students with perfect test scores, the objective of creative learning is to imbue the next generation of X-students with the spirit of creativity and innovation, as automation continually transforms the careers of the future and communities of tomorrow will be facing problems where textbook solutions are inadequate.
Resnick, M. (2017). Lifelong kindergarten: Cultivating creativity through projects, passion, peers, and play. MIT Press.