Speculative Futures in Education and Technology – Assignment Three – LRNT 523

In LRNT 523 we examined histories and futures surrounding education, technology, and their moves towards convergence. Our final assignment was a social-science fiction look at the very near future, 2030. I chose to dovetail off of assignment two, where Karen McMurray and I examined personalized learning, and the opinions on both sides of the debate.

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The future is near, but not all is bright.

In the year 2030, the k-12 learning landscape will be entirely focused on ‘options’. Options in educational delivery and options in learning methodology. In 2021, educational programs in Calgary, Alberta provide its learners and their families with options in relation to school focus, or learner area of interest. Examples of this include Junior high schools that are sports specific, fine arts specific, STEM focused, and more. Learners and their families are able to move outside of their designated school area if they demonstrate a higher level of interest in these specialties. My children, for example have attended an elementary/junior high school that markets itself as a Fine Arts school (with heavy emphasis on theatric arts and music). My reasoning for choosing this school is simply proximity, as it doubles as my neighborhood designated school.