Quantum computers used to be the stuff of science fiction. But this technology is here, and now, and become more and more accessible to industry. Problems that we have not had the computer capacity to solve are now solvable in moments using these new computers and their Artificial Intelligence. Where does that leave our children when they go job hunting after graduation?
As IBM’s C.E.O., Ginni Rometty, remarked in an interview, “Every job will require some technology, and therefore we’ll need to revamp education. The K-12 curriculum is obvious, but it’s the adult retraining — lifelong learning systems — that will be even more important.”
What our students learn here, at LEADPrep, is obviously important to their future security.
But more important that what they learn, it’s HOW they learn that will help them survive in a world of AI and quantum computers.
Education-to-work expert Heather McGowan (www.futureislearning.com) says that each time work gets outsourced or tasks get handed off to a machine, “we must reach up and learn a new skill or in some ways expand our capabilities as humans in order to fully realize our collaborative potential,” McGowan said.
We need to make the shift “from education as a content transfer to learning as a continuous process where the focused outcome is the ability to learn and adapt with agency as opposed to the transactional action of acquiring a set skill,” said McGowan.
Our teachers know this. So, as Heather McGOwan suggests, here at LEADPrep we are moving “from guiding and accessing that transfer process to providing social and emotional support to the individual as they (the students) move into the role of driving their own continuous learning.”