Posted on October 3, 2021
"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." - Eric Hoffer
When I began my teaching career in the early '90s, quality teaching and learning were based on the acquisition of content and the ability to recall information on a unit test. Now, in 2021, the educational landscape has completely changed. Our world has changed.
In today's economy, jobs that require traditional and routine manual skills are quickly declining. In 2020, The Chronicle In Higher Education reported that two out of three jobs would require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. What this means is that today's high school graduates will require a mastery of challenging content, the ability to communicate effectively, collaborative skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that can be applied to novel situations.
At Mid-Pacific, while we continue to build the fundamental academic skills in reading, math, science, and social studies, our faculty has begun implementing various instructional approaches designed to elevate their learning and exploration to a higher level. For example, our students are routinely immersed in project-based learning activities designed to reflect real-world problems. This, we believe, makes learning relevant. In addition, project-based learning provides an opportunity for our students to practice their collaborative skills and apply their collective knowledge to address novel problems. Of equal importance, we require our students to develop their communication skills in every content area. It is not uncommon for our students in grades 6-12 to write extensively, present their academic findings to peers and adults, and leverage technology as a tool for communicating their knowledge. Our faculty reinforces these skills by giving students the tools to communicate effectively and persuasively across all grades and subjects.
While we cannot predict what the workforce will look like in the next decade, I am confident that by integrating the aforementioned skills across the Mid-Pacific curriculum, we are optimistic that our students will be prepared to thrive in their new economy.