the unkown future of our students

sourcesHi Lisa,

Your first tweet as shown here. In this tweet you write we need multiple data for teaching and …

My question is if we can obtain these data, and how we can use the data if available.

One set of data is not available, that is the set of data of what students will need in their future. I would say this is a very serious lack of knowledge. Maybe education and schools are teaching with a wrong set of assumptions and not data?

I know how assessment processes work in schools. But the overall question remains what set of data about the future of the students do we need and could we possibly foretell  or predict their future needs? I did blog on this in https://connectiv.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/connectivist-education-and-the-future-of-children-cck11/

Does this unknown future make our work in education more questionable? Some students ask Why do we need to know this? And what could an honest teacher answer on that question?

Pre-packaged objectives bring learning to an end, subjecting perspectives to change never ends. This frees us up for life-long learning via wisdom of the crowd. @penpln Benny Bentley

Responsability of the educator?

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Maybe as an educator I am responsible too for keeping the students safe in their journey? (thanks Mariana Funes) Or if I am a student I am responsible too for keeping my fellow students safe in their journey?

“…Universities have the responsibility to foster in faculty, staff and students a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to the social good, which, we believe, is central to the success of a democratic and just society. (Talloires Declaration) … ”

In what degree as an (online) educator am I responsible for the journey of students? What does ‘as best as one can’  mean for online teaching? In (most online) teaching the teacher is not omnipresent, so do not expect the teacher to be responsible for learning outcomes. In schools students are (most of time) not expected to be responsible for the learning outcomes of fellow students. Should we change that?

In Teaching Today (Geoff Petty, 3th ed.  Nelson Thornes Ltd UK) p. 481  ” .. Never mind the teaching, never mind the system, never mind the college, it’s the learner[S] and the learning that counts! …”  [S] added by me.