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ALL Voices: Professor Patrick Griffin

Professor Patrick Griffin, Director of the Assessment Research Centre at the University of Melbourne

"When our grade one students who started school this year leave in 2027, it's going to be a totally different world. 

We have a fair idea of what jobs will disappear because anything that can be automated will disappear. Some will be changed, and some new ones will emerge. 

Our best bet that will enable students or people to survive economic change, social change and educational change that's coming about because of a shift from an old industrial society, an industrial economy, into an information-based or knowledge-based economy.

And the kinds of skills that they will need will be increasingly interpersonal skills: cultural understanding, perspective taking skills, critical thinking, creativity, participation skills, ethical behavior, group-organisation skills, learning to operate in a team, problem analysis-type skills, and problem-solving skills. 

And those types of skills we need to be able to measure. And to help schools embed those transdisciplinary skills into the typical key learning areas in order to equip our current students to make that transition.

To have a static education system that trots out the same thing for the next 15 to 17 years, condemns a whole generation of people to unemployment."