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Envision the School Day of the Future

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By all accounts, the education community is in the midst of a profound shift, straddling between the constraints of its legacy while pushing for much-needed change.

Part of the anxiety around these changes is the uncertainty of the future. No one wants to experiment with the welfare of our kids, but at the same time, it's clear as day that the status quo is holding them back from succeeding.

Everyone has an opinion about what the idealistic school day of the future will look like, if not specifically hour-by-hour, then at least by broad themes. I spoke to a number of changemakers and progressives about this topic and will post those interviews below.

My question: How do you think an average school day in 2020 (or even beyond) for a K-12 student will be structured? At home, in the community, online? Where and how will educators interact with learners? You can leave your answers as a comment on this post, or on the MindShift Facebook page.


Some revolutionary changes are already happening in pockets across the country and across the world. That's natural -- grassroots movements take shape organically, especially with technology as the medium and the rocket fuel. And maybe those changes will continue to grow over time rather than by a sudden decree of state or federal mandate.

Either way, those abstract ideas are becoming more crystallized day by day. The future might not be here, but it's near. I believe we're closing in on it.

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