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It may well prove true that the answers to making education and, ultimately, the economy work again in a pandemic lie not in the hands of educators and entrepreneurs but in the hands of children.
Yes, children. The technological experts and the innovators capable of reshaping the way the world learns and works are the people who have lived their entire life clicking and swiping away on a mobile device or expertly manipulating a video controller.
We have turned to Dr. Anthony Fauci and beleaguered school superintendents for answers to how we are going to restart the American economy and schools without realizing the answers just might be found in the mind of a 10 year old.
Absurd? Quick question: Has anyone sat down and asked members of the Technology Generation for their ideas, or at least, their opinion on the best way to reshape education and the work world that was on the verge of getting labeled as antiquated even before coronavirus struck?
Each generation reshapes society with mass production and automobiles altering the American landscape a century ago before radios and telephones, and then televisions and computers reshaping it 50 and then 25 years ago.
Coronavirus gave almost all of us a rushed education in remote work and learning and shoved technology to the forefront of education and the economy.
Most Americans are intent on surviving coronavirus with an abundance of caution and common sense. Depending on our age, are we looking longingly at the opportunity to return to the way life looked before late March or are we reimagining the world with a vision that incorporates pandemic precautions and applies technology to reshape the world?
We all eventually must ask and answer the questions the pandemic forced us to ask for the last half year: Do we have to return to the classroom? What will schools look like this year and into the next? What will workplaces look like and how many employees do they need in order to function?
If we haven’t asked the people most versed in technology to help us answer these and other questions, then maybe the time has come to do so. After all, young minds are open minds and youthful imaginations are the ones most susceptible to embracing possibility.