Posted by: crudbasher | August 26, 2011

A Glimpse Of Education’s Future From Issac Asimov

On my Twitter page I describe myself as a Futurist in Training. It’s not actually hard to predict the future but it does get harder the farther into the future you go. For example, I know what I am having for lunch today. (I brought brownies) 🙂

I have been engaged in a massive amount of learning since January 2010. I’m trying to figure out what is about to happen to Education. I am now convinced of the following things:

  1. The way people learn is about to undergo a fundamental change.
  2. The nature of this change can best be described as changing from school centered to learner centered learning.
  3. The “Education System” was created for a different time and for requirements that have now changed. It’s not broken, it’s just obsolete.
  4. The changes in education will come from the bottom levels, not the top.
  5. This change is inevitable.

I have deduced all this based on the technologies I see emerging and advancing. Each technology enables several others so we are living in a time of exponential change.

I can make these assertions knowing that we are on the cusp of these changes. I came across an interview with Issac Asimov, an extremely prolific science fiction writer, where he talks about the changes he sees in Education. His ideas are similar to mine and yet he gave this interview in 1988!

Here’s a quote:

“Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you’re interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else… that’s what YOU are interested in, and you can ask, and you can find out, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in your own time… Then, everyone would enjoy learning. Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different.”

This is before the Internet and cell phones mind you. When asked why he wrote so many books, he said he loved to learn. Awesome!

All three segments together are 25 minutes long but the key part is in part 2. I think it’s well worth your time to listen to this modern day Renaissance man.

H/T Brainpickings

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  1. […] A Glimpse Of Education’s Future From Issac Asimov On my Twitter page I describe myself as a Futurist in Training. It's not actually hard to predict the future but it does get harder the farther into the future you go. For example, I know what I am… Source: educationstormfront.wordpress.com […]

  2. I particularly like point 2 about moving from a school centred to a learner centred learning. You could easily replace ‘school centred’ with ‘teacher centred’ or ‘philosophy centred’. Students from a very young age are hungry for a more individually tailored education where the focus is on what are we learning rather than what are we doing.


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