In the news last week an interesting story claimed that by 2025 (in ten years time) 40% of jobs currently being done by men and women will be done by technology of some form. This is an astounding prediction and underpinned by research so we need to take it seriously. This claim has serious implications for education.
Not only do our students need to develop their ability to think at the highest levels, they also need to learn how to learn so that if a job they are doing becomes redundant, they are able to learn a new one regardless of their age or circumstances.
You are aware that MCC is using Bloom’s Taxonomy as it’s basis for teaching learning quality in classrooms. This taxonomy is a thinking hierarchy with which students are becoming increasingly familiar. Many of you too, are increasing your understanding of this taxonomy as we have aligned it to our grading system: an A being for creating/evaluating, B for analysing, C for applying, D for understanding, and E for remembering or recall of facts.
Many of the jobs requiring lower-order thinking skills such as remembering, are slowly disappearing as they are mechanised or taken over by technology. We are aware that jobs in the mining industry and trades are being done by robotic tools, for example.
Some industries are using robotic equipment to make products and some supermarkets have even begun using robots to re-plenish shelves and package meat and vegetables! We can see that this places increasing importance on students to be able to attain higher-order skills that require some reasoning. Students are being taught these skills at MCC and are continually being encouraged by their teachers, to strive to improve and move upward through the hierarchy of skills. All students are capable of this.
At MCC they are also being taught to learn how to learn; to research and use technologies to access information. God gave each one of us am amazing brain and we encourage and support students to find out just what they are capable of. We work from a ‘strengths-base’, believing that all children and young people are capable of amazing learning and performance!
We refuse to label any child or excuse low levels of learning on the basis of learning difficulties or poor attitudes. All students can astound us with their abilities and learning demonstrations if we expect them to. At MCC we have high expectations of each and every student and we create the conditions to make high levels of learning both possible and achievable!
Dr Thelma Perso
Director of Teaching and Learning