Dear Mr. President, After today—you’ll be able to stop campaigning and begin leading our nation. May I just say, this is great news for the American people. We’ve all grown weary of negative campaign ads blasting the other candidate. What we need now is a leader who can and will win the allegiance of both parties and all citizens by demonstrating competence at getting this country working again, by displaying empathy for all people, and by leading from principles rather than merely reacting to special interest groups lobbying for influence. We need a leader who will take a stand. [caption id="attachment_5934" align="aligncenter" width="569"]letter-to-our-next-president By VOA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]More than anything, however, I want to remind you that you are laying the groundwork for the next generation.

Most of us have been following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The devastating storm, wiped out hundreds of miles of coastline, leaving 600,000 with no power and at last count, killing almost 100 people. It was an unforgettable tragedy. Many who survived have claimed to have “lost loads of memories” due to the hurricane. [caption id="attachment_5920" align="aligncenter" width="570"]empathy-problem photo credit: thenationalguard via flicker cc[/caption] If you work with students, this may be a great opportunity to confront the empathy problem. I’ve cited the University of Michigan study that claims college students today are 40% less empathetic than just ten years ago. Over a decade ago, we witnessed another tragedy with the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Students were among the largest demographic to volunteer to help victims. So far, we’re not seeing many youth visiting New Jersey or New York to help anyone. In fact, I overheard students today laughing at one woman who wept over the loss of her pet dog. Hmm. This may just be a great time to push “pause” and use this experience to build compassion in kids:

It’s a hot button in the news. America’s educational system is broken, both at the K-12 level as well as higher education. The future of education looks bleak. But, how we do to fix it?   future-of-education As I keep my ear to the ground, I predict four big changes we will see in schools over the next ten years. We will see these in schools and universities as our economy and our culture demand change from us.

Here are four big forecasts for the future of education: