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Educate For Tomorrow

by Jacqueline Hicks

I recently attended a presentation at the 2016 Carl Rogers Annual Conference that both influenced me, and resonated with my own thinking. In her presentation, “Person of Tomorrow”, Maureen O’Hara shared research and examples from the book she co-authored with Graham Leiscester, Dancing on the Edge. The presentation inspired me to read their book and to review the essay “The World of Tomorrow and the Person of Tomorrow”, by Carl Rogers. I found it most interesting to consider that although we certainly have benefitted from, and still need the amazing technological advances and intellectual breakthroughs of the 20th century, they are not enough for people to enjoy success and satisfaction in the 21st century. The complexity of the world we live in now will continue to become increasingly more complex. The conditions that we deal with are changing constantly and rapidly. As a result, people are feeling high levels of stress in our society, and crisis in our institutions.

The challenges of the moment will continue into the future as complexity increases and chaos provides fertile ground for a paradigm shift that requires qualities we may not yet be developing in our future citizens. What are the necessary traits for navigating the 21st century? These are some competencies that seem important to me:

  • Authenticity, and trusting our own experience
  • Reflective
  • Creativity
  • Open to new experiences, ideas, concepts and ways of being
  • Ability to adjust to change, and deal with ambiguity
  • Harmonious in relating with others
  • Collaborative
  • Having integrity
  • Commitment to grow and learn
  • Able to live fully in the moment and enjoy life
  • Trusting of human nature
  • Spirituality and searching for meaning
  • Connection to nature
  • Questioning and challenging rules
  • Psychological literacy
  • Cultural awareness

Of course, I immediately began thinking about how this applies to educators and students. What we […]

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