Today the NWPHS Global Student Leaders were interviewed by Suzie Boss. Suzie Boss is a journalist and blogger from innovative publications including Edutopia and the author of Bringing Innovation to School. Ms. Boss is also an advocate for Project Based Learning. NWPHS students sent 40 minutes sharing their experiences from the conference, with regard to PBL, and what it means to be a student at NWPHS. Students explained how PBL and being a student at NWPHS has helped them become not only 21st century learners, but 21st century citizens. Look for the entire video when we return to the U.S.
60 student groups participated in a two day innovative challenge in four categories: environment, health & safety, universal rights, & education. All of the NWPHS students were in different groups and represented our school well.
John Huntsman Jr. former Governor of Utah and former Ambassador to China shared his insights on the new global economy.
The relationship between the U.S. and China is the most important relation of the 21st century. Issue will include environment, technology, population, and economics. The fundamentals of communication will be the most important skill that this generation needs to improve over past generations.
Collaboration will be key. Safety and security, quality of education, air quality, health care, are all areas that the U.S. and China could partner together to solve big issues.
The new global economy: all assumptions have changed, this generation will have 5-10 careers in their lives. Young people will have to be adaptable and flexible. The challenge will be not to leave people behind. What will people, older people, and the undereducated, without the skills for the new economy do?
Education: We need the best and the brightest to take up the challenge of being teachers and educators. Technology will also play a vastly more important role in education. Students are individuals and teachers need tone able to facilitate all learning styles.
The ability to travel can change your whole perspective on the world. Travel is the greatest gift that can be give. Through travel and seeing other countries you can become a better American. Expand your world by talking, interacting and working with people who are different from yourself.
Students got the opportunity to ask Adam and Alex questions. All I can say is wow! These students, including our own Lexi O'Shea, asked some of the most in depth questions I have heard. Questions ranged from how technology will take over the world, how indigenous people will adapt to the new world economy, how will education change in the new world, how will the balance of power shift between politics and economics? - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad,
Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg from NPR's Planet Money are the featured speakers this morning. Young people are alive at a very exciting time in global economics.
500 years of economic development in 45 minutes or less.
The vast majority of people were dirty, hungry and near death for the last 500 years until the dawn of the industrial revolution in 1850.
1950 a level of economic growth never seen before on the planet. The beginning of global social justice. The beginning of the Great Divergence where the western economy grew at incredible rates and the under developed world actually slipped backwards.
The dawning of the entrepreneur started to change the rules of economics. The myth of the American Dream was really only a blip on the historical landscape.
2014 technology has increased the pace of change beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Technology has shaken up the economic world. Many westerners are actually doing worse than their parents. Entrepreneurship has created unimaginable wealth ie Mark Zukerberg.
In 500 years the world economy has spread from most people being all equally poor to some of the poorest people on the planet and the wealthiest the world has ever known.
2040 people will have to continuously improve and reinvent themselves. The set roles of the economy will not exist and choice plus uncertainty will rule. The opportunities of the future should be shared with everyone.
Mr. Haishan Jiang Vice President shanghai municipal education opened the conference welcomed over 600 students from the U.S., China and 14 other countries. Over the past 30 years Shanghai has changed greatly, over 7000 buildings over 11 stories have been built in that time. Mr. Jiang shared the value of change, but also the importance of "family" relationships. "Working together as a world family we can all make positive change."
Education can change our destination. Education can positively shape your personality. Respect and understanding is important for making a better world. Everyone can play a leadership role in better understanding between our nations.
Today we spent the day touring Shanghai. We started with a tour of the Jade Buddha Temple. After that we visited a silk factory and learned how silk is made from the cocoons of silk worms. We took a walking tour of the Bund, which is the riverfront walkway that divides the East and West sides of Shanghai. The West side is the older part of Shanghai with very European influence, and the West is the modern financial side which did not even exist 30 years ago. Then we went for lunch on the Nanjing Road which is like Time Square in NY. We went to the Urban Planning City Museum to witness the incredibly fast growth of Shanghai. We ended with a walk through old town Shanghai, which our guide described as Chinese Chinatown.
We have been taking lots of pictures, but have had some problems uploading them. Hopefully we can get it fixed by tomorrow so we can share.
Tomorrow is the big day when the Global Student Leaders Summit starts. We have two very busy days ahead.