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Is American Still the Greatest Country in the World?
October 12th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Is America still the greatest? And, if so, can it remain the greatest?

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The Wonder and the Horror of Education’s Future
September 9th, 2012
Topics: Demographics, Education, Society, General

Our education system is failing today's students and our society. Despite this, it has the potential to be remarkable. Here's why.

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The Future of Work: How the 1% and the 99% Will Become Aristocrats & Peons
May 15th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Society, General

Building on our previous blog, the future of work can lead us to a better world – or one where today's wealthy become aristocrats, and the poor and middle class become peasants.

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‘The Boomers Have Colonized Our Future, and Aren't Leaving…’
April 25th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

I don’t often give my blog over to guests, but this essay gave me pause. I commissioned Chris Ritchie to research certain aspects of social developments, and what you’re about to read was part of his report.

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It Can’t Happen Here: What Happens After Occupy Wall Street
November 21st, 2011
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The Occupy movement is most significant not for what the protestors say, but rather that the movement is happening at all. It demonstrates significant unrest, and the greatest dissatisfaction with the capitalist system that we've witnessed since the fall of the Soviet Union. But where is it headed? That's a much more worrisome question.

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What’s Wrong with Our Schools?
October 3rd, 2011
Topics: Education, Business, Society, Technology, General, Geopolitics

Our school systems are not good enough for the 21st century. Comparing schools with libraries reveals part of the reason why.

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Revolting Civil Servants
February 25, 2011
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, Business, Education, Society, Demographics

What follows is an excerpt from a chapter of the book I'm currently writing. This section is quite topical right now because of what's happening in Wisconsin and elsewhere, so rather than wait for the book to appear, I'm publishing this excerpt. The book should be out in the late Spring or early Summer of 2011.

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Follow the Red Brick Road
September 14th, 2010
Topics: Education, Society, General

Good things are happening in education – but not systematically, and not enough of them. Here's what the various groups involved in education need to do.

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Why Education Must Change
September 1, 2010
Topics: Business, Education, Demographics, General, Society, Technology

The world has been transformed, and is remarkably different than it was 20, 50, or 100 years ago. But our education system is fundamentally unchanged in the last century – we still teach facts, which are now a cheap commodity. If education is to be useful to today's and tomorrow's students, it, too, must change radically. Here's why.

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The End of the Local Monopoly, Part II
October 15th, 2009
Topics: Education, General, Society, Technology

Technology allows us to support learners with the people and techniques that work best for them. This second part of the discussion explores how we might do that.

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The End of the Local Education Monopoly
September 6, 2009
Topics: Education, Society, General, Technology

With the opening of the school year, I'm re-publishing an article I wrote for the January issue of Teach magazine about the way education could develop from here. I'll reproduce the second part of the article in my next blog. Meanwhile, please feel free to forward it to anyone you think might find it of interest. They are also welcome to sign up for future Futuresearch articles on my website at Best regards, Richard

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A Matter of Survival: The Future of Education
September 2nd, 2008
Topics: Education, Technology, Society, General

The future of education is a matter of survival, both for those directly involved in it, and for the rest of us as well. Here's why.

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Hi, robot! - revisited
April 17th, 2008
Topics: Business, Economy, Education, Society, Technology, General

In June of 2000 I wrote an article called “Hi, robot!” in which I said, among other things, that a robot vacuum cleaner for households would be among the first robots available, that a general-purpose robot housekeeper might be available within 7-10 years, and that human-like commercial robots would be generally available within 20 years, and probably sooner. Roomba and Scooba have proven the first prognostication, and Toyota’s work on a household robot, to be brought to market sometime in 2010, looks likely to make the second come true. Accordingly, I thought it was time I revisited the subject, and wrote the following article on a recent plane ride.

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Ten Years from Now in Education
May 2007
Topics: Education

How will education change over the next 10 years? And how well will it serve us?

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The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
September 2006
Topics: Education, General, Society

My, how education has changed! The problem is, it hasn't changed enough – and we're not ready to deal with the much bigger changes ahead.

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Education Is the Answer – and the Problem
March 2006
Topics: Education, Society, Business, General

Whenever you think about any aspect of the future, if you think about it long enough, you'll wind up thinking about education. That's why education is the answer, but that's also why it's one of the major problems we face in preparing for tomorrow.

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A student in the year 2015
September 2005
Topics: Education, Society, General, Economy, Technology

The way students think, and the tools that they use are changing much faster than our education system can adapt. This will result in a clash of cultures between parents and teachers on the one hand, and students and Netizens on the other.

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Our Toxic Society
February 2005
Topics: General, Society, Education

Today's children are becoming flabby monsters, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, because of our neglect. The consequences for the future will be nasty.

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The Seductive Threat in Education
November 2003
Topics: Education

Computers are powerful tools that are often not well used, with the result that they do powerful damage.

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Discipline in the Classroom
October 2003
Topics: Education

Discipline in the classroom has suffered, first from not having enough, and now having too much of the wrong kind.

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The Coming Crisis in Education
October 2000
Topics: Education

The approaching retirement of the baby boomers threatens to create a full-blown crisis in education as we will have tens of thousands of classrooms full of students, and no teachers available to teach them. This is going to be particularly hard on those governments that have been pulling money out of education budgets and picking fights with teachers.

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A sea change in education
June 2000
Topics: Education

River Oaks School, in a suburb of Toronto, opened in 1990 as a showcase K-through-8 school. The principal, Jerry Smith and a core of avant-garde teachers, recruited the assistance of a number of technology companies, particularly Apple Computer, to allow the school to take advantage of the extraordinary powers of computers and their related technologies, such as scanners, CD-ROMs, and the Internet in order to teach.

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The next 100 years in education
April 2000
Topics: Education

Sometimes the best way to assess where we are going is to look far down the track and use the broad outlines in the distance as landmarks to navigate in the short-run. Accordingly, I’m going to make some broad guesses about how education is going to change over the next 100 years.

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Drowning in a sea of knowledge
March 2000
Topics: Education

The future of the Internet is going to have a profound effect on the future of education. This has major implications to the teaching profession, since only a small minority, probably less than 10%, of teachers are comfortable or skilled at using what the Internet has to offer.

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The Future of Arts in Education
December 1999
Topics: Education

One of the biggest and most popular mistakes being made by politicians and education bureaucrats today is the elimination of arts as an educational 'frill' in order to preserve the 'important' parts of the curriculum, viz., skills training, science, and technology...

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The Future of Education: What We Need for Tomorrow's Schooling
September 1999
Topics: Education

Anxiety about education is high, and everyone seems concerned about what our education system needs to prepare our children, and our society, for the future. I've been thinking, writing, and speaking about education for more than 10 years, and I've come to a number of conclusions.

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