In the latest episode of CNA-SIM Foresight on Channel NewsAsia, Executive Director of the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg), Ms Agnes Kwek, was part of the panel talking about Smart Education. As Moderator, Mr Teymoor Nabili explained that “smart education” in this context takes on two meanings. Firstly, it refers to an innovative and thoughtful approach to education. Secondly, it stands for an acronym, which is SMART education, commonly used by the South Koreans when outlining policies relating to Education. SMART is where S stands for self-directive, M for motivate, A for adaptive, R for resource enriched, and T as technology embedded.
(Panelists, from left) Mr Siradej Donavanik, Director of Investment, Dusit International; Ms Ng Wee Wei, Managing Director (Health and Public Service Client Service Group, ASEAN), Accenture; Mr Timothy Chan, Director (Academic Division), SIM Global Education; Ms Agnes Kwek; and Moderator, Teymoor Nabili. Photo: SIM Global Education
With the rise of digital disruption today, what are its impact on businesses, on the government and on families? Here are some of Ms Agnes Kwek’s key takeaways from the show.
Technology is a complete red herring
“Don’t get me wrong, technology is important and it makes our lives better, it creates accessibility and all of that. But, it does not teach us how to think and it does not teach us how to learn. Especially in this age where the job that exists today may not exist in 5 years or even 5 months from now, because of technology. Our role, whether it is in the workforce, or as educators, or as government, is precisely to deliver the ability for people to learn and relearn quickly.”
On the value of the design mind-set
“Design is not just about aesthetics, at a deeper level it is about how things work. But, at the deepest level, it is about how people think. The design mind-set is one that is based on two things, one, it is the process of enquiry. Asking the right questions because you are looking for new opportunities. Asking the questions people have not thought about asking before and trying to understand what really deeply motivates people.”
“Two, it is the process of finding the right answers through fast iterations, experimentations and learning from it. So, especially in this day and age, and I find that education is at that inflection point, if we can equip everybody with this form of learning, and with this value of the design mind-set, then I think we are in a better place.”