Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google and Jared Cohen recently published a new book, The New Digital Age (amazon). While I haven’t read the book yet, I read this piece that takes the reader through a “typical” day in 2033. It involves driverless course (of course!) and projected holograms that follow you (hmmm – perhaps a bit farfetched).
It is certainly thought provoking, but I am more interested how education looks like in 2033. Scratch that, in 2027. Why 2027? My oldest child will be college-age in 2027. What options will she have? Will she go to a brick-and-mortar university or will take classes online? Will she (we?) load up a lot of student debt? Will there be student debt? Amid this uncertainty, should I nevertheless be thinking about college savings plans? What type of institutions will serve her interests well?
We don’t exactly know what a university is for today, much less what it will be for in 2027. What we can do, as parents, is to be aware, gather knowledge, understand the options, and pass that information along to our offspring. Hopefully we also instill in them the courage to pursue their dreams.
I am starting a blog to start thinking about these questions. I can only hope the blog will be up and running in 2027, and makes a positive contribution to my kids’, and everybody else’s lives.