Voices on teaching: Preparing students for a future that doesn’t yet exist

Disclaimer: This initiative initially was launched and coordinated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, which in 2022 merged with and became the Charles Butt Foundation.

Our “Voices on Teaching” series features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future.

Shea Culpepper, a clinical director and professor of teacher education at the University of Houston, believes teachers have the awesome task of preparing students for a future that does not exist yet. According to her, by the time students get out into the world, the technology that is used today will be drastically different. Therefore, instead, instruction should focus on teaching kids how to make use of that technology — which gives students critical thinking and problem-solving skills.