An Angel Packs a Suitcase

Politicians and business leaders demand that schools prepare students for the future, but the future is notoriously difficult to predict. Which future shall we prepare them for? Star Trek  or The Hunger Games?

How can we responsibly prepare students for whatever the future brings, knowing, as we must by now, that projections about the future are almost always wrong?

Below is a 22-minute speech I gave on Friday, December 14. 2012 at a meeting of the New Jersey Educational Computing Consortium, addressing just that question, beginning with the tale of a visitation from a very New Jersey kind of angel.

(Since I’m not very good at audio editing, the content begins 15 seconds in.)

Here are some links related to this post. Careful readers may note that some of these are essays originally published on Perfect Whole:

Shift Happens 6.0

United Nations Releases Population Projections to 2100

Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part I

Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part II

Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part III

Teach the Timeless

Trivia vs. Power: Let’s Be Clear on Exactly  How We Are Using Technology in Education” by Marc Prensky

“Why K-12 Schools Are Failing By Not Teaching Search” by Jeff Utecht

“Are We Preparing Students for Life?” by Tom Whitby

Habits of Mind

About Julie Goldberg

Julie Goldberg has lived a life entirely too entangled with books. She is a school librarian, former English teacher, compulsive reader, occasional jazz singer and the author of Lily in the Light of Halfmoon. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter @juliegoldberg.
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7 Responses to An Angel Packs a Suitcase

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    This is brilliant! WOW. And all true. Staggering.

  2. Sean says:

    Good stuff, I enjoyed it.

  3. Pingback: Teach the Timeless | Perfect Whole

  4. No, thanks. Ugg stick with this Julie.

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