The Stanford magazine has a feature in their latest issue on a year-long project conducted at the d.school to design the future of living and learning at Stanford. The project culminated in four prompts: open loop university, axis flip, paced education and purpose learning.
You can read more about Stanford2025 on our site dedicated to the project. In the last prompt -- purposed learning -- students would be called on to choose a mission rather than a major. So, for example, rather than say you were majoring in international relations, you would say your mission is to improve the state of communication and collaboration across cultures.
Stanford Magazine, along with the d.school is collecting these missions on Twitter and on Facebook via the hashtag #Stanford2025. So, let us know what your mission would be! We're already seeing some awesome missions (yes, I submitted one of my own) on Twitter as well as some lovely feedback on prompt. We look forward to collecting more.
The team at Stanford Magazine received a mission by mail. It reads:
Dear d.School, If I were choosing a major today, I would entitle it, "Guided Learning." The mission of this project would be to put the "teacher" of today into the role of "guide" tomorrow. Students would choose what they wanted to learn and their guide would provide the resources that would enable them to reach their goal. There would be no grade levels, rather there would be individual benchmarks. There would be ample opportunity for students to be in "classes" with their own age group in elementary schools and from then on it would be "to each his own."
This idea has been forming in my mind since I began teaching in 1957. At this point in my life I am retired, but continue to substitute in both junior and senior high school.
At an "End of the World" ceremony on 12/12/12, I made my goal in life to bring about a way for the young people to be honored, because it was up to them to change the world and hopefully save it.
I graduated from Stanford in 1953, and spent 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy.
Thank you for helping to change our world.
In the meantime, read the full Stanford Magazine piece, and let us know what you think of the other three prompts.