“The Future of Smart”

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Ulcca Joshi Hansen


Our Education System Is Failing Because It Is Doing Exactly What It Was Designed to Do!

Our best efforts at modernizing education have failed to improve the lives of students or change society for the better. This is no accident: the current system is failing us because it ignores our deepest knowledge about how human beings thrive.

Being “smart” today is still about sorting kids based on how well they absorb and retain knowledge. We need education to reflect a different set of values: interdependence, community, diversity, and deep, dynamic learning. We need it to align with human development, facilitate learning for different kinds of brains, and prepare young people for a changing society and evolving workplace.

Blending history and science with stories from inside the system, The Future of Smart is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of education. Dr. Hansen explains the disconnect between what we want for our children, and what education today provides. She shows how we can build an education system to nurture the unique, human capabilities of each child, and lay the groundwork for a more equitable, just and humane future.



ISBN: 978-1-954920-13-2
Publication date: september 9, 2021
Page Count: 312
List Price: $17.99
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About the Author

Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen is Chief Program Officer at Grantmakers for Education. She has worked in education for two decades and is a mother of two sons. Her experiences as an English-language learner and first-generation college student inform her perspective on what it means to provide an “equitable” education for every child and meaningfully engage communities in that effort.