Shift Happens – Did You Know?

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Did you know / Shift Happens is a project by Karl Fisch, a high school teacher who created an extremely popular presentation in 2007.
“25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the population of US. In India, it is 28%. Translation for teachers: They have more honour students than we have students. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet”.

From the Shift Happens Wiki,

Karl says:

“Because we are educators in the United States, our experiences and perspectives are going to be somewhat America-centric. However, we believe that the themes of “Did You Know?” are global in nature and apply to schools and children around the world.”

We want all children to be successful. We do not view the growing importance of India and China as negative but rather as additional opportunities for everyone in the world.

We do not mean to gloss over the very real issues that countries such as India and China face, and we recognize that globalization and ‘flat world’ factors have downsides just like other societal shifts.

We prefer, however, to focus on the positive benefits and on doing what we can to help children learn and grow so that they may become successful digital, global citizens.”

Name this country

One of Karl Fisch’s exercises is called Name this Country.

It is the richest in the world
It is the center of world business and finance
It has the strongest educational system
It is a world center for innovation and invention
It has the highest standard of living

– Karl Fisch (2006)


1900s: England
2006: USA

Answer (2016):

2016: Singapore?? –  It sure sounds like something we aspire to…

Answer (Future):

What about in 10 years time?

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