Education is an important foundation for the continuation of human civilization and social sustainable development. NCSD is focusing on two aspects of education, the Early Childhood Development and Women’s Leadership Development. Both of these approaches are needed now as the developed national societies age and the need for societies to place resources on parts of the population that are their own future. In many ways these topics are part of the core philosophy of NCSD that prevention is easier than cure (early education builds the foundation and is the way to accelerate learning through observation and intellectual exploration.) A strong early education both in education, but also in creativity and observation is a lifelong benefit that cannot be truly recaptured later in life.
Early Childhood Development
Computers, smartphones, smart systems, and other technologies are woven into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Computational technology has fundamentally changed how we live, work, and, some would say, even think. As computational technology advances, it is imperative that we educate young people and working adults to thrive in a computational world. In this context, the essential question for education is: In a computational world, what is important to know and know how to do?
NCSD reason’s that computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. It is a skillset for solving complex problems, a way to learn topics in any discipline, and a necessity for fully participating in a computational world. NCSD advocates the need for integrating computational thinking across K-12 curriculum. This will ensure in our adult life 1) equipped to play a meaningful role in their communities and our democracy; 2) prepared for the changing nature of work; and 3) motivated to pursue lifelong learning so they are empowered to fully participate and proactively shape their futures, and the future of society, work, and technology.