When events fall outside those conceived possible by our mental model, it’s worth pausing for reflection.
Empathy. Half of this country is angry and feels left out. Some of us didn’t know or appreciate that.
Humility. We live in a complex world where human systems interact in ways that we don’t understand and can’t predict with any reliability
Character. It’s never been more important to create environments and experiences that help young people develop strength of character.
Innovation. Bending the inevitable march of exponential technology toward access and equity is the biggest lever for good (as well as the biggest existential threat).
Complexity. There will be many more new and confusing events. Young people need experiences that build cognitive muscles for a complex world.
Service. Cognitive science has taught us that one of the best ways to build relationships, perseverance and a growth mindset is by serving others. That’s a win-win.
Community. As we said in Smart Cities, “Learning is the best formula for promoting economic growth and reducing the crippling effects of poverty…Schools can serve as the foundation for highly functioning democratic and sustainable communities and societies.” Now more than ever, schools need to create opportunities for kids to connect with their community and engage in place-based learning (#PlaceBasedEd).
Opportunity. There has never been a better chance to create powerful learning environments and experiences. It’s how we recreate America every day. It’s never been more important.