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Grace Norman
Posted over 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
My wish is for cities with excellent school systems to share how they're creating cities for the future. This includes how they use data, expert analysis from many fields, and how they model best practices around the globe. Educating children for a globalized, urban world poses new challenges and opportunities. Among the challenges are how to offer an excellent education without sacrificing access and equity. Among the opportunities are how to help a rising generation think about the world based on the demands of a resource-stressed, globalized world. Great cities around the world are adopting education reform as a way to build thriving--and they hope, over time, sustainable--cities. In the last five years, promising new trends are starting to emerge. OECD has very interesting data on how school systems have successfully put a focus on real-world inquiry and problem solving as a way to raise student achievement. OECD has also shown that in the medium- to long-term, it leads to increased local economic development. Most of these cities are in the Pacific Rim, and most of them (coincidentally?) have correlating plans for greener technology and infrastructure. Bravo on awarding the TED prize to an idea. Several studies estimate that majority of the world's population live in cities, as of 2011. This is very new; compared to 200 years ago, only about 3% lived in urban areas. A perfect time to think and spread ideas on these issues.