The Future of Education

The Future of Education
Children who are born today will retire in around 2075. The economic, social and technical developments of the last 50 years provide a projection screen for the society of the future and reveal how much – or better, how little – success we can have in making accurate statements about the world 50 years from now.

Nonetheless, we are aware that this is the world which we are preparing our children for by means of today's education system. The future of education and the future world of work are closely linked.

A particularly important role is played by the question of how the education system has to be adapted to the structural transformation of the European economic area in order to be able to ensure employability and prosperity in the future. However, the guiding principles of education must not be reduced to preparation for the employment market, but should be orientated towards a society which is being transformed in every way.

Author: Franz Kuehmayer
Reflections Research & Consulting

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What is the Future of Teaching?

According to the New York Times Bits blog, a recent study funded by the US Department of Education (PDF) found that on the whole, online learning environments actually led to higher tested performance than face-to-face learning environments. “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction,” concluded the report’s authors in their key findings.

The report looked at just under one hundred studies that compared the performance of students in online learning environments (or courses with an online study component) to those who were given strictly face-to-face instruction for the same courses. What they found was that students who completed all or some of their coursework online tested on average in the 59th percentile, compared to the 50th percentile for those who received only classroom instruction, and that the results are statistically significant.

 Source: Josh Catone -

VANERUM Stelter hire people with disabilities

by Julia Bauer | The Grand Rapids Press

Sunday May 10, 2009, 8:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS -- When Jackie Boomstra tried out as a receptionist for a company now known as VanerumStelter, she soothed a cranky customer on the phone, role-played by an interviewer, and won the job on the spot.

Never mind she has been blind since birth.


Jackie Boomstra, of Grand Rapids,
holds her dog, Bailey, at VanerumStelter,
where she works as a receptionist. Boomstra
says her blindness was not an issue when she was
hired in 2005.

"She blew us away," owner Jim Stelter remembers of Boomstra's interview four years ago. Her deft handling of an irate customer impressed him, especially because Boomstra was new to the school furniture business.

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