When you hear disruptive, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Suppose you were deemed to be a disruptive child at school and dealt with according to the well laid out school policy. It certainly may not bring back warm fuzzy feelings to you. I have heard and read of such cases.
How about taking a train to work and suddenly through the tannoy you hear, ” I am sorry to announce the 7:16 a.m train to London has been cancelled.”
You are going on holiday, and you read of significant disruptions to the flights due to the air traffic controller strike in France.
There is a pattern here, but it is negative. Notice how everything is going in a certain way, and everyone has accepted it is the way and the only way. Then bang! Something interferes and changes our plans, and we have to adapt.
It reminds me of ants they if you observe them going in a straight line and an obstacle is put in-between they go around. In other words, they adapt. Too many of this and it becomes chaotic.
In this decade, we have seen a different type of disruption. How it is perceived depends on what side you are on.
If you are a taxi driver who has been making his money for years charging what you feel like using your ticketing machine and taking long routes to set the maximum fee from your client then, Uber and Lyft are bad news. On the other hand, if you are the client who has been on the receiving side of this form of exorbitant fees, then you are elated.
Looking at the word disruptive in google ngrams viewer, we see that before the year 2000, there was a strong focus on controlling disruptive behaviour in the classroom.
Then we start seeing disruptive feature differently from 2009. A technical analyst looking at the chart will say there was a break out from 2019, and the trend is in place.
This break out was as a result of significant progress in the technology sector. Whichever way you look at it. We now have everything appended with tech. FinTech, EdTech, SupTech, RegTech, BigTech, AutoTech, FoodTech, HomeTech,GovTech, to name a very few.
To crown this decade and to cement the need for technology, Covid19 came. Tech no longer became optional but is now the most crucial thing allowing businesses to function.
The era of going to university and retiring 50 years later is gone, disrupted. We now need to adapt. Schooling is no longer the same. The youths are questioning why they have to spend 4 years doing a degree only to come out, and there is no job.
So what will education look like in the future? Look out for my write up on this.
We now need to look into the future and see if our roles will be relevant and adapt. During the Covid19 pandemic, we saw what the essential skills were. This is country-specific.
Either way, the disruption is here to stay. The question is, what side are you?