This week we are discussing futuring.
1. Why is futuring an important exercise for educational organizations?
Good evening professor and class,
Before I answer the first question this week, I wanted to share a website called ‘The Futurist’. I had to read a little more to understand the actual concept of futuring and wanted to share some material I thought was relevant this week.
“Futuring is an example of what I call “applied history,” or the use of historical knowledge and methods to solve problems in the present. It addresses the question “What happened and why?” in order to help answer the question “How might things be in the future and what are the potential implications?” Futuring, at least in a management context, combines applied history with other methods adapted from science, mathematics, and systems analysis to frame well-considered expectations for the future. This process will help us to make decisions in the present that will have positive long-term consequences. In the language of business, futuring is an aspect of due diligence and risk management.” (Millet, S. M. (2011, September/October). Five Principles of Futuring as Applied History. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://www.wfs.org/content/futurist/september-october-2011-vol-45-no-5/five-principles-futuring-applied-history).
Another interesting read was by Edward Cornish – Futuring – The Exploration of the Future. The author spoke about three specific lessons. “Lesson one is prepare for what you will face in the future. Lesson two expounds on anticipating future needs. Lesson three describes using poor information when necessary.”( Cornish, E. (2004). Futuring – The Exploration of the Future. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://www.aacc.edu/future/file/Futuring chap 1.pdf).
What I gather about futuring professor and class, we must expect the unexpected. While we anticipate change within the future, we have to be mindful and think outside the box, as the future brings many ideas, new technologies and new advances. While we prepare for whatever the future may bring us, we as potential educators must be prepared for any new educational doctrine changes. We must be resilient and embrace the change, and as educators, support what our fellow educators bring to the table. We cannot be pessimistic without solutions or optimistic ideas. Something that comes to mind as a future graduate of education is that we have to be a member who is a part of the solution, and not the problem, unless the problem requires educators to test out the solutions at hand. If we lack preparedness, we embrace failure.
As we anticipate what the future may bring to us, we must cognizant that students, adult learners will change how they learn and we must be prepared for the different types of learners the future brings to us. Today we have a combination of several learning characteristics, which are visual, audio and kinesthetic. As future educators, we must be able to equip ourselves as well as our future students the opportunity to embrace different learning theories, technologies and opportunities. As future educators we must continue to refine and hone our teaching methodologies, styles and tailor them specifically to the student so that we can teach not only one student, but also many at the same time. Lastly, if what works is still working, lets not reinvent the wheel, rather continue to refine what is working to make it better, and continue gathering new evidence to weed out the problems within our solutions.
2. In the past, have you used futuring techniques in your professional field? If yes, please explain. If no, now that you have learned about these techniques give example of how you can currently use these techniques in your professional field.
Professor and class, as a prior recruiter, field artillery-men, chemical subject matter expert and now Human Intelligence collector, I feel that futuring is what professionals do to develop new curriculum, criteria and new ways to pave into the future. Every position I held in the Army, I feel that I have continuously contributed to the refining and enhancement of what we do. In the military, after each training event, leaders conduct after action reviews (AARs), which gather the pros and cons to what was conducted. Leaders ask what was supposed to happen, and was the action or task conducted. What was the end state of the training, and was that achieved. There will always be pros and cons to everything we do, so as leaders we must continuously challenge each other with input, intellectual feedback and instead f embracing cons as negativity, take the cons, tweak them so the next training event is better so as to reduce possible cons.
3. A product of your final paper is your vision of your educational context in five years—this is a scenario! Since you are writing only one scenario, rather than several alternate futures, what are some of the challenges you will face? (In other words, discuss the pros and cons of scenarios. Be creative! Use charts or graphic organizers to organize your thoughts and ideas).
Professor and class, I am focusing on the education and training of future Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors. In order to provide a healthy and prospective future for HUMINT, I feel we need to reassess the adults that are willing to conduct this profession first off. As a prior recruiter responsible for prospecting, interviewing and processing, I personally understand that as a society we are failing compared to other countries in regards to education. As I spoke about in Unit 1, I discussed some of the issues in regards to the no child left behind (NCLB) act. There has to be a way where schools can better prepare, evaluate, inspire, teach and graduate students that will retain what they have learned and continue to pursue higher education. I say this because in my profession, it is evident that some students were not properly taught the basic fundamentals of writing. Just as Benjamin Franklin established the first English Academy which was to teach students at different levels relevant training which focused on embracing all attributes of possible interest in learning, I feel we need to challenge our students and allow them to pursue the path that is best for them. Every student will not be an English or History major, but seeing that finances plays a key role in providing students the opportunity to excel, there has to be a way as a society that we come together to reshape our children’s education and the future of education so students graduate and pursue their aspired goals.