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Teach the Future
Introducing the future to secondary and college students
Peter Bishop, Executive Director
Teach the Future is part of the emerging academic and professional fields of futures studies and strategic foresight. The field broke into the public domain in the 1960s and 70s with the establishment of the World Future Society, books about the future by Alvin Toffler and others, and graduate degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Peter Bishop directed the Houston program for 30 years after which he founded Teach the Future to teach secondary students and undergraduates the same approach to the future.
Teach the Future established a free Library of more than 60 activities, lessons, units and courses. We have also developed workshops for teachers of gifted and talented students and summer programs for middle school students who developed scenarios about the future on a topic of their choosing. The student programs are based on the Futures Thinking Playbook that takes students step-by-step through the process of developing scenarios (online review and Amazon purchase). Teach the Future is also coaching teachers to include futures thinking in leadership, entrepreneurship and other courses.
Teach the Future also works with colleagues in the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and India. The Teach the Future website contains more information, including its quarterly newsletter on the Teach the Future blog and on the Teach the Future YouTube channel which contains instructional videos and student programs.