Agile Education

We are entering into the Age of Agile, defined by a new mindset that is profoundly transforming software development, business management and education.

The current model of educational in most schools today was defined over a hundred years ago - an industrial model designed to prepare workers for industrial jobs.

This design of the education experience was based on the concept of production efficiency that was derived from the principals of Scientific Management . These principals shaped the thinking of leaders of the second Industrial Revolution in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.

Key to industrial production was the assembly line. So we made our schools look like production lines.

That economy is now quickly being replaced by a new economy, a creative economy, fueled by digital technologies.

In this economy, competitive advantage is no longer primarily defined by production efficiency but by the creation of new products and solutions. Competitive advantage is now based on the rate of innovation.

We need to prepare our students to be empowered makers and creators in this new economy. They need creative problem solvers.

To prepare our students, we must Re-image Education in a way that reflects the new culture of our companies - a culture being shaped by the principals and experiences of Agile.

We are adopting best practices from Agile Development and Agile Management to develop, what we are calling Agile Education that can be applied as a philosophy and practices for the educational community.

Agile Education is not a single practice. It is a integrated paradigm of how we learn.

By embracing common experiences, mindsets and vocabulary we are tearing down the silos between education, communities and industry, allowing us to radically re-imagine the nature of education in our society.

Agile Education combines this industry perspective with best practices emerging from the educational community for Proficiency Grading , Project Based Learning , and Design Thinking .