Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of Center for Curriculum Redesign; project director Harvard GSE; member President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering; chair education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of “Artificial Intelligence in Education” (2019); “Four-Dimensional Education” (framework in 21 languages) and best-selling “21st Century Skills”; founder and president Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland). Has worked with education systems and institutions in more than 30 countries. Spent 25 years in technology management (M/A-COM; Analog Devices); founder of Neurodyne AI; formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and Wharton/Penn CLO, angel investor with Beacon Angels. BSEE, MBA, seven patents.
Education for the age of A.I.
What should students learn for the age of Artificial Intelligence? To educate a “whole child for a whole world”, education systems must curate their traditional curricula (Maths, etc.) and focus on what is most important for success in life and work (e.g. more probabilities and statistics; computer science; social sciences; entrepreneurship; wellness; etc.). To address the imperatives of a modern world, curricula must aim at developing the four dimensions of a 21st century learner:
- Knowledge (essential content and core concepts; modernized and modern disciplines)
- Skills (“21st Century Skills” or “4 C’s”)
- Character (Social-Emotional Learning)
- Meta-Learning (“learn how to learn”: metacognition and growth mindset)
Providing educators with the EdTech tools and training support will enable them will deliver all of the above needs at scale.