Friday, November 30, 2007

Shift Happens

This is some amazing information currently journeying through the education community as we try to meet the needs of 21st century students. I took this from a video by Karl Fisch on There is much more if you want to look it up - it's called - Did You Know?

Did you know ? Sometimes size does matter. . .

If you're one in a million in China - there are 1300 like you.

In India there are 1,100 just like you.

The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQ's is greater than the total population of North America. In India it's the top 28 - translation for teachers - they have more honors kids than we have kids.

Did you know that China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world?

If you took every single job in the US today and shipped it to China it would still have a labor surplus.

During the course of this presentation:
60 babies will be born in the US.
244 will be born in China.
351 will be born in India.

The US Department of Labor estimates that today's learners will have 10-14 jobs by age 38. One out of 4 workers today is working for a company for whom they have been employed less than one year. More than 1 out of 2 are working for a company for whom they have worked less than 5 years.

According to former Secretary of Education Richard Riley the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn't exist in 2004.

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist - using technologies that haven't yet been invented - in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.

The US is 20th in the world in broadband Internet penetration (Luxembourg just passed us).

There are over 106 million registered users of MySpace (Sept. 2006). If MySpace were a country it would be the 11th largest in the world (between Japan and Mexico). The average MySpace page is visited 30 times a day.

We live in exponential times:
There are over 2.7 billion searches performed on Google each month.
The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet.
There are about 540,000 words in the English language - about 5 times as many as during Shakespeare's time.
More than 3000 books are published daily.
It is estimated that a week's worth of New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

Predictions are that by 2049 a $1000 computer will exceed the capabilities of the human race.

Today's 21 year olds have:
watched 20,000 hours of television
played 10,000 hours of video games
talked 10,000 hours on the phone
sent or received 250,000 emails or instant messages.

Nintendo invested more than $140 million in research and development in 2002 alone. The US Federal government spent less than half as much on research and innovation in education.

Ask your elected representatives - now that you know all this - what changes should be made to current education legislation?

What does it all mean ? SHIFT HAPPENS.
Now you know.


Eric A. Jantsch said...

Hi! Diane;

I do find it interesting. While we don’t educate very well in our public systems and keeping abreast of all the changes and technology is beyond any individual, I think C. S. (Clive Staples "Jack") Lewis say’s something in Mere Christianity worth pondering; “If your thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all”... “Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.” (Pilgrim’s Progress). God’s word has been powerful and relevant for 4000 years and it is quite capable of cutting through the numbers and moving through humanity so that a solid foundation of every day living can be experienced in the life of every believer. Jesus Christ sums it up with a K.I.S.S. by Keeping It Spiritually Simple; Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. … Love your neighbor as your self. … Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute your, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. While change in the world is constant, God does not change and neither does his word. As the population of the world grows and the ways we do things proliferate, we have more and greater opportunities and challenges to reach the world with the Good New of Jesus Christ. Maybe the government can give us the K.I.S.S of Jesus and put the bible back in preeminence as the book of choice for learning. Then again maybe the church could? But one thing I do know after knowing Christ; He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. If each one of us would do this, what do you think the numbers would look like then? The woman at the well had five husbands and the one she was with when she met Jesus was not her husband. She knew very little except that Jesus was the Christ. She went back to the town and told them what she knew and many of the Samaritans from her town believed in him because of her testimony. I think the numbers would change quite a bit and look so good we would praise God.

Erin O'Brien said...


Does the phrase, "with six you get eggroll" still apply.

Great post. Thanks.