Head of School’s Letter

Delivering Innovative Programs For A Dynamic World

Posted by Joanna on February 9, 2017

“Name one change that you imagine will be part of our eighth year students’ world when they enter the workforce in 2025.” That is exactly what ASM’s faculty considered when we began our strategic planning process last fall. What would your response be? Digital personal assistants? Fully automated transportation systems? Personalized medicine using patient DNA? Robotic business processes that learn via artificial intelligence?

We know that technology has played a huge role in the way we live, work and play. Robotics has dramatically changed the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, among others. The application of artificial intelligence also promises to have an enormous impact on our lives and the economy in the near future. Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, believes that adapting to these changes could be the biggest challenge facing society. He suggests that we reinvent education to focus on teaching skills where we have the advantage over machines. Those skills are creativity, empathy, teamwork, planning, problem solving and leadership. Does this sound familiar to you? It should!

In addition to teaching the fundamentals (language, math, science, history and the arts) students will need to develop interpersonal, communication and character building skills such as those mentioned above. At ASM, we have designed our classrooms and curriculum to promote opportunities for students to grow in these areas. We continually seek ways to deliver innovative programs so that your children will be prepared for our dynamic world!

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