The Future of Education Is Fueled By Two Key Factors: Technology & Latinos

The combination of technology advancements and a changing demographic landscape are driving the future of education in America. The modern classroom is replete with technology, from iPads to smart boards, and its seats are filled with lots of Latino children.

Technologies like AI, machine learning and educational software are changing the landscape for students and educators alike. As new learning models become available, traditional educational methods are destined to continue to evolve and create a shift in education approaches, from teaching philosophies to application tactics.

For example, adaptive learning software1 is quickly replacing the role of textbooks in the classrooms helping students to tackling subjects – like math and language arts – at their own pace and skill level. Not only is technology a powerful tool for transforming learning, it can also help shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps and create digital citizenship among students at an early age.

The changing demographic landscape in the country has translated to more Latinos in the classroom. Over the last three decades, non-white population has grown exponentially primarily fueled by the Hispanic community. It is important to note that this growth in the Latino community and in school enrollment is actually fueled by U.S. births and not immigration. This explains why one-quarter of all kindergarten students are Latino2.

Other key factors contributing to the changes in the education sector include a decrease in high school drop out rate among Hispanics coupled with an increase in college enrollment and post-secondary education in Hispanics3. The trends continue to show progress in education attainment among Hispanics, which will also lead to changes in work force dynamics.

As part of a discussion on the future of education at L’ATTITUDE, a distinguished panel of education leaders will be exploring these trends in education and more.