Back to the Future of Education

Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling

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Close your eyes for a second and think of something that happened over the last 20 years and you would have never expected to occur. Be it the pandemic, smart phones or something else, the truth is that the future likes to surprise us.

Our world is in a perpetual state of change. There are always multiple versions of the future—some are assumptions, others hopes and fears. To prepare, we have to consider not only the changes that appear most probable, but also the ones that we aren’t expecting.

Inspired by the ground-breaking 2001 Schooling for Tomorrow scenarios, this book provides a set of scenarios on the future of schooling, showing not a single path into the future, but many. Using these scenarios can help us identify the opportunities and challenges that these futures could hold for schooling and education more broadly. We can then use those ideas to help us better prepare and act now.

Whether parents or students, teachers or educational leaders, researchers or policy makers, this book has been written for all those who want to think about futures that haven’t occurred to play their part in shaping the future that will.

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Sumário Executivo

Existem sempre múltiplas versões do futuro – algumas são suposições, outras esperanças e medos. Para nos prepararmos, temos de considerar não apenas as mudanças que parecem mais prováveis, mas também aquelas que não esperamos. Em 2020, a COVID-19 nos lembrou de como nossas confortáveis suposições de futuro podem mudar em um instante. De Volta para o Futuro da Educação: Quatro Cenários da OCDE para a Escolaridade é um instrumento para apoiar o pensamento estratégico de longo prazo na educação. Inspirados pelos cenários inovadores que a OCDE publicou em 2001, estes cenários podem ajudar a identificar oportunidades e desafios e testar a resistência contra choques inesperados. Podemos então usar essas ideias para nos ajudar a preparar e agir agora.

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