Educating Today for Retirement in 2062

Someone graduating from high school in 2012, currently considering college, might look forward to retirement in 2062.  No one alive today has a concrete idea what the world will look like, or what problems mankind will face in 2062.  We can certainly extrapolate population trends, but let’s consider how skills taught today might become obsolete even in the next decade.  For example, in the next decade computers will likely be able to drive, fly, and write their own software.  So, other than considering prospective school credentials, a student should research the school’s ability to teach creative thinking.

There’s a fantastic TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson titled “Schools Kill Creativity” (link below) that considers how schools are stuck in the industrial age.  Sir Robinson’s very articulate and entertaining talk focuses on the importance of nurturing creativity as an integral part of all of the study matters.  With global populations expected to reach 10.5 billion by 2050 according to the January 2011 National Geographic special series, the resource problems presented to this recent generation will surely be unprecedented, perhaps seem impossible at times.

It will be necessary to combine “left” and “right” brain activity to develop solutions to energy, agriculture, medicine, urban design, mining, conservation, recycling, retrofitting, new materials and many more sciences.  We had it easy during the industrial revolution with unprecedented access to commodities and energy, fueling amazing improvements in the standard of living for more people than can likely be sustained in the long-run.

Our skills need to be better capable of evolving.  The challenge begins now.

Link to Sir Ken Robinson TED talk on Schools and Creativity:


About sandiachris

I love the diverse people and cultures in the United States and especially New Mexico & Colorado. I enjoy exploring new trails, as the South West USA is amazing. I'm a small business owner and software developer. I've taught economics, built computers, vegetable oil powered cars, software, and like to write about things that could make our lives more meaningful, pleasant and less stressful.
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3 Responses to Educating Today for Retirement in 2062

  1. That TED talk is amazing, I wonder if schools will keep teaching the same curriculums and what would it take to make them change it.

    • sandiachris says:

      That’s a very good question. I imagine that most schools have massive institutional momentum and they will not adapt until they notice that a new leader has emerged and is changing the “stage”. New leadership may have already emerged and we just don’t know about it. It would be fascinating to see it.

  2. Agreed! and I think it’ll happen pretty fast. Happy 2012!

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