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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.

English Also available in: German

Nota di Sintesi

Vi sono molti modi di pensare al futuro, tramite supposizioni, speranze o paure. Perché il futuro non ci colga impreparati, occorre considerare non solo i cambiamenti più probabili, ma anche quelli che non ci aspetteremmo. Nel 2020, la pandemia mondiale da COVID-19 ci ha ricordato come le nostre previsioni sul futuro possano essere smentite in un instante. Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling si pone come uno strumento a supporto dello sviluppo di un pensiero strategico di lungo termine nel campo dell’istruzione. Ispirato agli scenari innovativi che l’OECD pubblicò nel 2001, “Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling” può aiutare nell’identificazione di sfide ed opportunità e costituire uno stress-test contro shock inaspettati. Possiamo quindi servirci di questi scenari per esser meglio preparati al futuro e ad agire ora.

Italian Also available in: German, Catalan, English, Japanese, Portuguese, All

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