Mandatory lifelong learning? Teaching as required service?

When closed transcripts are replaced by open ledgers, and when we can pay down student debts by teaching what we’ve learned forward, how will the boundaries of our educational lives change?

At the Aspen Ideas Festival this week, we saw a burst of positive imagination around shifting age, community and geographic boundaries. Players saw participation in a new global learning system as a new form of democratic engagement, one that could last a lifetime. Although terms like “mandatory” and “required” can make this possible future seem like an extreme one, these ideas hint at just how much room there is to make things different.  Can you imagine…

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