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Marc Prensky, Founder and Executive Director

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THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE, LTD., a 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to promoting

EDUCATION TO BETTER THEIR WORLD

a new paradigm for K-12 education.

 
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We are looking to help move all education in the world from the old “academic” paradigm of “learning first and accomplishing later” to a new paradigm of “education as a series of real, world-improving accomplishments that better the world now.”

 

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The new and emerging vision and paradigm includes:

  • A NEW GOAL (Bettering their world),
  • A NEW MEANS (Real-world accomplishment),
  • A NEW CURRICULUM (Effective thinking, action, relationships and accomplishment),
  • A NEW KIND OF TEACHING (Coaching and empowerment), and
  • A NEW USE OF TECHNOLOGY (For things we couldn’t do before).

 


 


 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to promote “Education to Better Their World” as a better approach to K-12 education for for the newly empowered kids of the third millennium, around the globe.

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Books and articles on Education to Better Their World:

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UPCOMING INITIATIVES

The Foundation’s upcoming initiatives for 2016-17 include:

  • Creating an industrial-strength public database of real, world-improving projects that students of all ages can do (see prototype at (GlobalEmpoweredKids.org) ,
  • Creating an app enabling kids to get to know their passions and strengths better, and to connect to real-world-projects and accomplishments, and
  • Writing and publishing a “how-to manual” for Education to Better Their World (a collaboration of Marc Prensky, Esther Wojcicki and David Engle).

 

LONG-TERM GOALS

The goals of THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE are:

  • To promote and implement EDUCATION TO BETTER THEIR WORLD, including EDUCATION AS BECOMING, ACCOMPLISHMENT-BASED EDUCATION and THE “NEW CORE” CURRICULUM in the world.
  • TO RE-DESIGN, RE_ORGANIZE and RE-STRUCTURE THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY (K-12) CURRICULUM in a way that will work for all the world’s schools and young people, today and in the future, and prepare them as well as we possibly can for the world they will face.
  • To HELP STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WORLDWIDE move over “the cusp” to the New Educational Paradigm of Bettering Their World.

We are NOT looking for better ways to teach math, science, language and social studies (aka “The MESS”)— with or without technology. Rather, we’re focused on the LONG-TERM FUTURE of education and on RE-INVENTING WHAT AN EDUCATION SHOULD BE FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM.

OUR DISTINGUISHED ADVISORY BOARD


+ Mark Anderson – Founder, Future in Review (FiRe) Conference
+ David Brin – Award-winning science fiction author
+ Milton Chen – Former Director, George Lucas Educational Foundation
+ David Engle – School Superintendent, Port Townsend, WA (ret.)
+ James Paul Gee – Professor of Education, Arizona State University
+ Richard Gerver – Former Head of School, UK
+ Stephen Heppell – Professor of Education, Bournemouth U., UK
+ Jim Knight – Former Minister of Education, UK
+ Nieves Segovia – Head of SEK Schools, Spain
+ Francois Taddei – Professor and Entrepreneur
+ Don Tapscott – Business Consultant and Author
+ James Tracy, Head of School, Rocky Hill School
+ Conrad Wolfram – Founder, Computer-Based Math.org
+ Esther Wojcicki – Founder, Palo Alto High Journalism
+ Yong Zhao – Professor of Education, University of Kansas

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


+ Robert Levin – President (see bio)
+ David Engle – Secretary/Treasurer (see bio)
+ Marc Prensky – Vice President and Executive Director (see bio)

OUR BELIEFS

We believe that a new educational paradigm is emerging in the world — one far better suited to our kids’ future than the old “Learning and Achievement” paradigm. The New Paradigm has A NEW GOAL (Bettering their world), A NEW MEANS (Real-world accomplishment), A NEW CURRICULUM (Effective thinking, action, relationships and accomplishment), A NEW KIND OF TEACHING (Coaching and empowerment) and A NEW USE OF TECHNOLOGY (Things we couldn’t do before). The goal for students is “Becoming,” i.e. for each student to become a good, effective, world-improving person. The New Pedagogy is “Real-world Accomplishment” i.e. students doing projects that improve our world. The New Curriculum is based on a “New Core” set of skills: Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment.

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We believe that, in this age of technology EFFECTIVE THINKING, EFFECTIVE ACTION, EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND EFFECTIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTare the core skills that every person needs most, and, in all their many facets (and strongly supported by technology) those skills will form a New Core of world education.

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We believe that the skills of Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment can be acquired by all kids, systematically, in ways they will understand and like, and we believe that the goal of every student’s education is not just learning those skills, but BECOMING a good, effective, world-improving person.

We believe that “learning” is only a means toward the goal of becoming, and that an even BETTER means to becoming is REAL-WORLD ACCOMPLISHMENT . World education needs to move, we believe, from today’s fake, made-up problems, to having students accomplish needed, real, and important things in the world.

Our organization has an agenda of projects intended to encourage and support all who want to move education in these future directions. The projects include creating a new world curriculum, encouraging learning as becoming, promoting accomplishment-based learning, and organizing students and teachers globally for change. We are looking for people who share our perspective, to support these projects, in order to make these ideas — and a better world education — a reality sooner, rather than later.

“VAULTING THE CUSP” TO A NEW EDUCATIONAL PARADIGM

 

We believe the world is on the cusp of a move from an old educational paradigm of “Learning and Personal Accomplishment” to a New Educational Paradigm of “Becoming and Real-World Accomplishment.” Students, educator and parents currently feel great tension between the requirements of the old paradigm and the promise of the New Paradigm.

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We believe far too much time and effort is currently being wasted in trying to improve the old paradigm at the margins, rather than getting over the cusp to the new paradigm. Our goal is to help everyone in education get over the cusp to the new and better educational paradigm, in a way that is inviting, effective and non-destructive.

 

ADDITIONAL PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Our focus is on the long-term future of education in our new context– not just on new technical developments, but rather on new EDUCATIONAL developments for which technology is a new foundation. Almost all today’s “reforms” and developments are really just about doing the “old stuff in new ways” — we believe the world’s entire concept of education needs to change for the new times we are entering. Over time, THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION INSTITUTE will undertake the following program of projects and activities:

Completing and Detailing The “New Core” Curriculum:

  • Supporting research for creating the curriculum.
  • Sponsoring a “NEW CURRICULUM CONFERENCE” to collect ideas and build consensus.
  • Completing the detailed design of the future curriculum.
  • Partnering with a well-known education school to create a curriculum and methodology for training teachers as Future-oriented educators. 

Implementing The “New Core” Curriculum in Technology

  • Creating a world database of examples of accomplishment-based education projects.
  • Creating a prototype software-based curriculum of Apps, Videos, and Projects: “FUTURE EDUCATION  AT HOME”.
  • Creating  a complete software-based curriculum, “FUTURE EDUCATION  AT HOME”.of 650 Apps, Videos, and Projects  (50 topics x 13 grades).
  • Creating “GLOBAL STUDENTS RISING”an online lobbying organization.
  • Creating “GLOBAL TEACHERS RISING” an online lobbying organization.
  • Creating MOOCs  for missing subjects.

Spreading globally Education as Becoming, The “New Core” Curriculum, and Accomplishment-Based Education

  • Creating a live AFTER-SCHOOL program.
  • Underwriting PILOTS in existing PRIVATE schools.
  • Underwriting PILOTS in existing PUBLIC schools and countries.
  • Creating a professional PR campaign aimed at parents and politicians to promote the new curriculum and accomplishment-based education.
  • Widely distributing BOOKS, ARTICLES and VIDEOS on the future curriculum.
  • Creating  TV / RADIO / WEB SHOWS on Global Future Education in multiple languages.
  • Creating a TRAINING PROGRAM for future teachers.
  • (longer-term) Designing and launching NEW SCHOOLS (private and charter) based on the Future Curriculum.   

 

 

THE WORLD NEEDS A NEW CURRICULUM

Today’s K-12 education leaves out Incredible amounts of needed skills….

… only a few of which have been highlighted as “21st century.”

To deliver it all, we need to develop

We believe that the biggest mistake in education is continuing to base it on the old academic core of the previous centuries (math, language arts, science and history) rather than on what people really need, which is Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment — all of which can be taught directly. Educators continue to try to find new ways to motivate kids to learn the old stuff, when what is really needed is to incite their individual passions, and apply those passions to true future-oriented accomplishments that improve both the individuals’ lives and the world. This is a relatively new idea in the educational world, one where few are currently working:

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THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE is working at the point of the pyramid, at the cutting edge of a third millennial education. We believe global education will be far better, and more useful for all the world’s students, when we create a global curriculum around a different, “NEW CORE” such as THIS ONE.

Read the article: EDUCATION TO IMPROVE THE WORLD.

CONTACT

For further information, please contact:
Marc Prensky, Founder and Executive Director
THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE, LTD.

Palo Alto, CA
marcprensky@gmail.com
+1 917-826-6965

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