The 21st century is also the age of technology and the computer. From my own experience teaching, I am amazed at how computer literate children are, even in primary school. I hear them talk in the classroom of Xbox and Wii consoles and their accompanying games, some of which are played by adults. The 21st century is the age of communication with the world merely the press of a button away. How many children have a mobile phone? These days it is easier these days to ask how many do not have one. It is into this age and environment that our children from such a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures will be born and grow and all must be included and catered for in our educational system. How successful each and every child is, is the measure of how good that system is and how good the teachers are especially will be operating in a climate of constant change. This essay considers the nature of education in the 21st century as a shifting element of social progress that no longer constitutes a privilege, but a necessity for the fundamental stability and function of society. It considers what constitutes quality education and teaching, and how the rapidly changing technological development brought on by the digital age, as well the increasingly multicultural makeup of the social order, requires that education professionals learn to function as innovators to address the shifting nature of these 21st-century challenges. While these changes education in the 21st century must undergo are large, in expanding on the foundational principles of diversity, equality, and inclusivity the educational establishment can build a bridge into the next millennium.
The Best Education and the Good Teacher