Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Other Affiliation: University of Kansas
Purpose We hope to provoke a conversation about preparing students for an uncertain future that unforeseeable technological innovations will transform in ways we cannot predict. The unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic makes this an opportune time to reconsider all dimensions of education. Design/Approach/Methods We present information on how technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our lives and the threats we face from social media, climate change, and growing inequality. We then analyze the adequacy of proposals for teaching new skills, such as 21st-Century Skills, to prepare students for a world of work that is changing at warp speed. Findings Despite harbingers of a radically different future, most schools continue to operate much as they have for centuries, providing a one-size-fits-all education. Technology now enables an unprecedented degree of personalization. We can tailor learning opportunities to individual students' interests, talents, and potential with teachers serving as guides, resources, and critical friends. The Internet presents a cornucopia of learning opportunities' online courses, international experts, global collaborations, accessible databases, and libraries. Learning can occur virtually anywhere. Originality/Value The future depends on decisions we are making today about education. The value of the article is that we call for rethinking every component of education rather than considering each element independently.