Today's curriculum, although rich in details, is really EXTREMELY NARROW in terms of the of the necessary skills for effective thinking, effective action, effective relating and effective accomplishment that we teach our kids systematically. We CAN teach these needed skills, but we must lose the details (and not the core) of what we now teach to do so.
The human teacher's role in an age of technology is NOT to teach content — something that technology can now do well — but, rather, to do what technology CAN'T do well (or at all) — i.e. provide respect, empathy, acceleration and motivation to students, while encouraging each student's individual passion.
In the past, education was almost entirely local; now it's quickly becoming global. Our kids are incredibly more powerful than kids were in the past; they need to be doing, as the content of their education, real projects that improve the world.
We need to make all education about real-world accomplishment. Our kids should leave school not with a transcript of grades, but with a resume of real-world accomplishments.
If the goal of education is for students to become good, capable, world-improving people, "learning" is a necessary but insufficient route for getting there — the far superior route to get there is real-world accomplishment.
"Becoming" may be harder to quantify than some of the things we measure today in education, but it is the right goal for our students — and we do not have a hard time recognizing it.
The real goal of education and school is NOT learning, it's BECOMING a good, capable and world-improving person. Learning is but a means to becoming — and we shouldn't confuse the means with the goal.
Most of us understand things are getting faster, but few understand, in their gut, what acceleration means — the world is continuously speeding up, and we all need to get used to it.
Our mental capabilities are now greatly extended by technology, and this includes everything mental — including our ability to reflect and relate..
Our New Educational Environment is characterized, first, by "VUCA": Greatly increased Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity. These, in combination, can greatly increase anxiety and stress.