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Exploring the Educational Future

WithElizabeth E. Merritt

Abstract Futures studies uses scenarios—stories of the future—to explore how trends and events shaping our world may play out in future decades. This article features a short scenario set in California in 2037, depicting twelve-year-old Moya and her brother Inart, whose “fenced community” has opted for a system of self-directed, online learning to educate its children. This scenario, and the accompanying discussion questions, can be used to guide a conversation about how museums could fit into the future landscape of learning.