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Learn to unlearn: The path to education reform

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Chris Betcher, in this keynote presentation, talks about the importance of learning to unlearn, and seeing the writing on the wall. He argues that the world the education system was designed to serve is no longer the same world, and the system no longer works.

Making an energetic call for education reform, he looks at what Google has done since 1998 and the influence they have had on everyday lives of people around the world. Could we have predicted 12 years ago what the world would be like? What will the world look like 12 years from now? What are we preparing the students of today for?

Looking at education, Betcher refers to a statement by Papert: "We need to produce people who know how to act when they're faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared" (Seymour Papert).

Education, Betcher argues, should be preparing students for things that we cannot predict will happen. At the moment education creates conservative learners who do not question the fundamental aspect of what school is, who follow the curriculum and who live within the current confines of school without question.

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