31 October: Dutch DNA Future Proof?
Towards educational designs that match our strengths
Dutch DNA is well on its way to becoming a prerequisite for 21st century developments.
The Dutch, on average, don’t care much for hierarchy. We are entrepreneurial, headstrong, creative, open-minded individuals and have a long history of bottom-up empowerment. At the same time, we have learned how to cooperate efficiently, based on the famous historically developed 'poldermodel'.
Our DNA asks for new ‘educational designs’ that allow students and teachers to shape bottom-up education in a way that motivates them to learn, to innovate, to create, to take responsibility, to co-create, to trust and to transform. All these skills are crucial for all upcoming activities in the emerging future that is unknown, uncertain, rapidly changing, complex and challenging.
Many students, teachers and parents in the Netherlands are ready for it, but the educational system needs to innovate more quickly.
Let’s identify those characteristics in education, those that are also deeply embedded in our genes, so we create favorable conditions for national as well as international progress.