Preparing for university is one of the big challenges high school students face in their academic life. Many schools include programs to prep up students for admissions tests and the like, but even these programs are subject to change because of the evolving nature of international education and advances in technology. What do these trends mean for students preparing for university? How should our current education system adapt to a future built on interconnectivity and artificial intelligence?
Those topics are the focus of Impactful Future Trends in Education | 未来，我们的子女将需要怎样的技能？, a forum to be hosted by Shang Learning, a life-skills learning and educational advisory center in China, and CHAO, a platform which “designs a series of spaces that aim to inspire and elevate a quality lifestyle”. The joint event takes place at Sanlitun CHAO, No. 4 Workers’ Stadium East Road, Chaoyang on June 17 at 4-9pm.
Shang Learning and CHAO have invited panelists from different education institutions, from China and the wider world; “speakers [who have] innovative initiatives in providing progressive and forward-looking educational programs for both high school students and university students,” according to Shang Learning. beijingkids contributor Hamilton Gregg will moderate the forum. Gregg, a senior admission consultant and college counselor, is the first professional educational consultant in China with a myriad of experiences working as a school administrator and teacher around the globe.
See below for more details about the event.
On the college level, a well-quoted report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “Turning the Tide,” calls for three major changes in admissions: eliminate excessive academic pressure; emphasize personal achievements and ethical citizenship instead of the number of accomplishments; and reduce the ever growing gap between students of various income levels and backgrounds.
On the middle and high school level, The Character Skills Assessment (CSA) is an innovative tool built by test experts from top prep schools to complement the SSAT by examining character traits, such as teamwork, empathy and responsibility, a student demonstrates every day in school and in the community.
These changes, along with technological advancement, have pushed educators around the world to ponder:
– What do these shifts in admission criteria mean to future applicants?
– How should our current education system adapt to a future built on inter-connectedness and artificial intelligence?
– What does the next generation of jobs look like?
– How do we best prepare our children for the future?
– What are the essential skills that the future generation must have to thrive in a drastically different world?
Impactful Future Trends in Education, June 17
Ages 16+. The pilot joint event of Shang Learning and CHAO focuses on the changes in the college admissions area and their effects on high school students and schools. The event consists of two main parts: a panel discussion at 4pm in the afternoon, followed by a sit-down gala dinner at 7pm for selected guests in the evening. Forum cannot be registered separately. Forum and gala cost is RMB 600 per family (one parent and one child). 4-9pm. To register, call 400 060 1010, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or scan the QR code on the right (the contact is gala coordinator Tony Tong). Sanlitun CHAO, No. 4 Workers’ Stadium East Road, Chaoyang. 北京市朝阳区工人体育场东路4号三里屯CHAO
Photos: greymatters via Pixabay, courtesy of Shang Learning