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The shoe could very well be on the other foot. Hands shot up across the auditorium of Wilmette Junior High School. Marx contends the standards movement associated with high-stakes testing will fuel a demand for personalization in education. District 39 is affirming a commitment to teaching the core subjects, while also opening students to a global perspective, nurturing the traits of successful learners and nourishing a sense of social responsibility.

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Other principles are: Empowering communication skills, cultivating collaboration and transforming technology into a continuous knowledge tool. The teacher is teaching the student, but the student is also teaching the teacher. Speaking of changing demographics, Marx noted that the old will outnumber the young and no one racial or ethnic group will make up a majority of the population. Marx is president of the Center for Public Outreach and a frequent adviser on futures issues to school systems.


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  • Gary Marx, APR, CAE.

What gets our intellectual and emotional juices flowing? What triggers our imaginations? What turns hindsight into foresight? Some of us, by choice, prefer to ignore, refute, or even hide from a cascade of realities driven by the convergence of massive trends. A few dig trenches deep enough to protect themselves from the stimulation and rush of a world in constant motion.

Their hope? If we can hold out long enough, life will return to what it was before high-speed computers; before robots; before an array of mobile, handheld, wireless devices; and before the incessant presence of social media. Fully committed to the status quo or what we remember as better times, we lose touch, sometimes by choice. One day, fully entrenched, we notice that battle cries from above have gone silent. Peering from the rim of our sanctuary, we discover that the world has gone on without us.

Rather than simply peering from the tops of our trenches, we need to move toward higher ground. Seriously considering trends can jolt our fixed concept of the horizon. It can also fuel our foresight as we explore and shape a world of possibilities that might just be beyond our imaginations. We protect ourselves from the reality of these forces at our own peril.

We are, after all, of this world, not separate from it. We are facing a convergence of new realities that should command our attention, wherever we are and whatever we do. And then, there is convergence. Of the dozens of possible examples, here is just one. Anyone who stays in touch with broad societal trends might have known that people would take to the streets in several parts of the world. The harnessing of electricity and the fragile, simple-looking light bulb led to power plants, distribution lines, metering, generations of appliances that seem to have no end, and legions of factory workers.

The automobile eventually led to better roads, gas stations, repair shops, and jobs for highway patrol officers. Now, drivers are topping off their electric vehicles at networks of charging stations. The silicon chip , a gift that has truly kept on giving, has spawned one invention after another. Nearly every one of them has increased the pace of change. Inventors have blossomed along with a seemingly endless supply of apps, gaming technology, a deep well of information, and a vast array of social media that connect us with people and ideas.

Artificial intelligence and augmented reality, in their many forms, help us make it through the day. Big data and the cloud, along with concerns about identity and privacy, are a reality, along with terabytes, petabytes, and exabytes. We have computer, biological, medical, communication, instructional, aeronautical, space, military, administrative, financial, assistive, and a host of other technologies.

Flash Gordon lives again, his movies firmly implanted on our flash drives. All of these systemic innovations are dynamic. Non-stop research has led to an expectation of quantum leaps.

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Particle physics, including nanotechnology, is preparing us for the day when the silicon chip hits a wall and is no longer capable of doubling computer speed and capacity every 18 months or so. Look for the rise of the qubit as quantum computers become even more practical. In fact, the quest for viable quantum computers, spurred by theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, has led to a virtual tag team race among scientists and nations.

These are just a few examples of multiple forces that are having a profound impact on nearly every aspect of society and hatching new generations of systemic innovation. To dig out of any major economic depression or recession, we need to bite a very large caliber bullet, namely the transformation of our physical and social infrastructure. That means everything from transportation and manufacturing to lifestyles and education.

For a lot of us, hunkering down and defending the status quo might seem easier. No one gets a free pass. In , we were being hit by the first waves of the Great Recession. Economists and pundits stoked our hopes and fears. On the one hand, they looked to the sky, gestured broadly, and warned that we were on the edge of another Great Depression of the s…maybe something like The Panic of On the other, a slightly different breed of cultural warriors, in the calmest of tones, assured us that it was just another adjustment in the economic cycle?

Social observer and author Richard Florida looked closely enough at history to find a pattern.

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He observed what had happened following each significant economic downturn. Push has come to shove. Call it a dilemma—like trying to squeeze a size 12 foot into a size 8 shoe. Sure enough.

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ASCE was looking at physical infrastructure , such as aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, public parks and recreation, schools, roads, transit, rail, solid waste, and wastewater, all symbols of our built environment. We are still trying to develop a renewed economy and civil society on an often outdated, sometimes crumbling and dangerous foundation.

Hope springs eternal. However, if we truly do hope to build a more promising future, we had better expand the list to include our social infrastructure. Think about our need for…a sustainable environment; an even more reliable and affordable telecommunication system; and computer speed and capacity that will support and propel possibilities for the future.

That includes faster download speeds. Whether we are able to transform our physical and social infrastructure depends largely on whether we are willing. Are we willing to move beyond acute roadblocking polarization and toward putting an even higher value on ethical behavior? Are we committed to helping our fellow human beings overcome poverty, wherever it exists in the world, and to ensuring equal opportunity…a more level playing field for all?

Are we willing to demand a sense of urgency about the need for emotional and physical well-being for ourselves and everyone else? Can we get past our quarterly report mentality and deal with issues that demand a multi-generational commitment? Problem URL. Describe the connection issue. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. School leadership that works : from research to results. Responsibility Robert J. Marzano, Timothy Waters, Brian A. Imprint Alexandria, Va. Physical description vi, p. Online Available online.

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The Meta-analysis Part 2 : Practical applications 4.