Changing Education Patterns
The digital revolution has created a need for different skills – and also different ways to acquire them. In this DLD talk, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, takes a look at how education needs to change to make sure Germany stays competitive.
“Whereas in the past, education was about teaching people for an optimized mass production, today, in a digital world, we need creativity, innovation and an experimental culture”, Stark-Watzinger observes.
Education should be less about reproducing knowledge and focus more on “how we expand our knowledge and apply it to novel situations”, she demands.
Failing to reform the educational system creates great risk on both an individual and an economic level, Stark-Watzinger warns.
“Future skills make all the difference to personal success, corporate success – and what’s more, to where our country might stand in a few years.”
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Bettina Stark-Watzinger has been Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research since December 2021. She is Chair of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Land Hesse and Member of the Federal Executive and Presidium of the FDP. (Image: © Bundesregierung – Guido Bergmann.)