Crystal Ball Gazing

Image: bb_matt via Flickr

When parents think about their children’s futures, what do they see?

The essentially unknowable nature of the future has become even more opaque in recent years, or at least that’s the contention.

Students, we’re told, are essentially preparing for jobs that we don’t even know exist yet.

How does that change our work as college counselors?

Should we be spending more time helping students to identify their learning styles, core competencies, unique passions, and possible deficits?

If yes, where does that time come from?

I’ve been re-reading Stephen Downes’ excellent post on Things You Really Need to Learn and thinking about how those ideas might apply to the college search process.

What are the things students really need to learn about colleges as they try to determine which schools represent the best “fit” for them?

What are the things students need to know in order to assess a school’s ability to prepare them for the great unknown?

And how will they learn these things?

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Posted on November 4, 2008, in big picture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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