Humanists like myself are regularly forced to consider what the public wants. We are told to imagine their desires and to conjure ways to fulfil them. This is an important strategy that every academic should pursue. But we must be allowed to resist this impulse, too. We can’t anticipate what intellectual discoveries will become essential answers to the public’s future questions. We don’t always know what form public scholarship should take. So academics, stay in your offices. Write books that few people will read. The results might be more significant than any of us first recognize.”
Source: Academics: forget about public engagement, stay in your ivory towers | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
There is growing consensus that today’s economies require people who can contribute and adapt to innovation. In addition to strong technical skills, many international task forces on the future requirements of our societies have identified skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration as critical. Some even see the rise of a “creative class” as the driver of growth, and subject to a growing international competition for talent.
In this context, education systems have to equip students with the skills required for innovation societies, and some countries take this agenda very seriously.
via OECD educationtoday: Arts education in innovation-driven societies.