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Katherine Donnelly: Reforming education isn't as simple as ABC

Published 23/07/2010 | 05:00

Martin Murphy, CEO of Hewlett Packard, speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, yesterday
Martin Murphy, CEO of Hewlett Packard, speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, yesterday

IN a fast-moving world where change is the only certainty, it may be no surprise that the debate about how the education system could do better has made a sudden leap in focus from bonus points for maths to learning Chinese or Japanese.

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Earlier this year, a report drawn up for the European Commission stated that many of the jobs in 2015, and most of the jobs in 2030, do not currently exist and cannot even be foreseen yet.

So how can an education system prepare students for the unknown, for jobs that no one has even dreamed of yet? By giving them the capacity to change by fostering new ways of learning how to learn, and by equipping them with skills such as problem-solving, innovation, communications and creativity.

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