Re-reading The New Realities by Peter Drucker is an enlightening experience. His words of nearly thirty years ago predict the future of our society with uncanny accuracy. Peter Drucker states that education will change now more than since the modern school was created three hundred years ago.
He writes, “An economy in which knowledge is becoming the true capital and the premier wealth-producing resource makes new and stringent demands on the schools for education performance and education responsibility. A society dominated by specialized workers makes even newerꟷand even more stringentꟷdemands for social performance and social responsibility.”
It has not been that long ago when education was only learning “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” Now all schools are mandated to teach computer schools. Education was limited to school learning. Today children are expected to learn at home on a computer, television, and other sources of technology. What is vitally important is that schools must teach students of course, but also teach them how to learn on their own.
It’s a common fact that a college degree is now considered obsolete in less than ten years unless one Healthcare professionals, accountants, investment advisors, attorneys, computer professionals, and engineers all take courses to stay atop of their chosen professions. Our information-based society is a society of continuing to learn and one of second, third, and even fourth careers. What if one is required to take an exam of what we know after our college degrees ten years after, fifteen, and twenty years after we earned our degree? What if one prepares a questionnaire allowing to declare what else you have learned beyond your degree, and then get tested on your gained knowledge? How well would you do? If you knew that these exams existed would you make an effort to learn more?
An old Latin statement declares Non schola sed vita discimus which translates to We don’t learn from school but life. Learning then becomes a responsibility of all in this knowledge-based society. According to Drucker, the knowledge workers will be the “rulers.” Therefore, they must also be the “leaders.”