Although many of the current technological advances have rethought the form of education in the world, the importance of education remains undeniable in the face of the training of citizens in the 21st century.
A good part of the professionals in this sector have been calling for a change in teaching systems at all levels for years, especially if we take into account that many of them are heirs of authority-based models and were designed in contexts such as Industrial Revolution, when the important thing was not the quality of learning but the quantity and quantification of the results.
Today, fortunately, we know that this is no longer the case. Education demands a resounding turn of its methods and tools, as students inhabit a more dynamic, agile world with multiple possibilities of projection. In the era of 21st century, education continues to transform lives and generate changes in all areas. Technology will not replace educational work as such; it will simply make it more effective in the face of the needs of the citizens of the 21st century.
The importance of education will be even more significant in regions and countries marked by inequality, poverty, absence of fundamental rights, lack of justice and social exclusion, among other factors.
How should education be the 21st century?
Nobody has a definitive recipe or a magic formula. Each place has educational needs that must be covered specifically. However, some features that 21st century education should have in order for it to become an engine of development can be pointed out:
- It must be flexible and as far away as possible from rigid models, as the world is constantly changing and children and young people need to adapt to new contexts and circumstances. Nothing is definitive.
- It is necessary to promote social values such as equality, justice, cooperation and humanitarian aid , because in this way the citizens of tomorrow are encouraged to be engines of structural changes and become aware of the real needs of their environment.
- It must insist on the sustainable development model as a goal to which we all must contribute. The actions of people who in some decades guide the destinies of the world cannot obviate the sustainability of the Earth or the care of natural resources
Ultimately, the importance of education in the 21st century will lie in its ability to transmit values that help us build a more just, egalitarian, dynamic and diverse society, turning to the various technological resources provided by the same context.