There seems to be a lot of buzz these days about some fourth industrial revolution. For all those who have been pretty outdated on revolutions like myself, the fourth industrial revolution is none other than the revolution caused by digital boom. Tracing back on the history of industrial revolutions, the First came with water to generate steam engines and production. The second advanced on water production for electric power to create mass production. When the electric power became available to masses, the third put it to good use and electronics and information technology helped in automate production. The Fourth carries forward the third revolution’s digital productions and infuses them to blur the lines between the physical, biological and digital spheres. How to Prepare Your Child for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Already we can see this diffusion of spheres in our daily lives. 3-D printing is being used in medical sciences to achieve better and accurate results in surgical procedures. Artificial intelligence is all around us from self-driving cars and drones to virtual software assistants that are now very much integrated in our normal day routine lives. Advancement in biotechnology, robotics and materials sciences are all just some more examples of how this fourth revolution is seeping into our lives.
How to Prepare Your Child for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Although this advancement in technology does have a great impact in technophilic lives, what needs to be understood and addressed is how do we prepare the coming generations for this advancement. Without a doubt, education is the bases upon which we can prepare the present and future generations and so it is important that the educational curriculum is developed in such a way that it develops the human potential to keep pace and cater the fast growing world.
1. It’s all about your talent now
The technophile market provides with a future that is emerging and changing at the same time as time goes by. For such a market, people and organizations need to be adaptable, innovative and responsive. World Economic Forum’s chairperson, Klaus Schwab believes that “in the future, talent, more than capital, will represent the critical factor of production”.
2. The curriculum needs to be redesigned for flexibility
The crux of WEF report on changing dynamics of the world is that the past paced organizations today look for talent diversity, flexible working arrangement and prefer people skilled and prepared for lifelong learning to manage the rapid changes. In order to create workers that are ready to take on a market of such a nature, educational institutes are offering a mix of traditional and online learning to reskill and develop the mind for the new workplace.
3. Education and business is a two-way highway
Technology has caused an enormous change in the world market which in return demand demands that people who enter it are ready to take on its challenges. Because of this not only education plays a role in the world market, but also as the world market’s changes and challenges also demand that educational institutions are designed for such purpose. The WEF report suggests that businesses, governments and educational institutions work together to provide curricula that meet both the current and future needs.
No wonder then the older generations can’t keep up with the newer generations educational syllabus!