Teach the Future

We should include futures thinking in schools to help students better anticipate and influence change and to prepare for their future.

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Teach the Future is an initiative to introduce futures thinking in schools around the world.  We teach a lot about the past, which we should, but students are going to live in the future.  Shouldn't we help them prepare for that future by telling them what might lie ahead?  We prepare students for field trips by telling them where they are going and what they are likely to experience.  Shouldn't we do the same about the biggest field trip of their lives, into their future.

We know how to teach the future.  We have been doing it at the University of Houston for 40 years now, but that was for graduate students.  We should include high school and college students in the discussion.  It's their future more than ours...

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This is really fantastic stuff, Peter.  It reminds me of some of the work Thomas Steele-Maley has been doing around schools as ecosystems, futurism and exploring the future to transform the present.  http://steelemaley.net/2015/11/15/keep-thinking-imagining-hoping-and-acting/

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Thanks, Dan.  Great quotes, and a great book by Boulding...

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Peter Bishop Thank you for reading.  You might also enjoy https://speakerdeck.com/steelemaley/speculative-futures-in-education-using-design-fiction-to-suspend-disbelief-in-change .  This is a topic I care so much about.  

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Thank you for sharing your presentation.  It seems that Design Fiction would be a great way to introduce the future in schools.  

Do you know of any teaching materials that contain these ideas?   We're in the business of developing such materials for teachers to use.  

If not maybe we can work together to develop some.

Let me know if you are interested or if you any teachers who might be.  If so, we or whomever you know can talk on the phone to discuss this.

At any rate, thanks for sharing the presentation with me...

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