Note that I’m not saying “solving education”... that is an even broader larger problem. Though the two are related I’m not focusing on access to education, inequality etc.
Peter Diamandis explored this topic too and as a starter I would suggest to read up on his thoughts if you haven’t already. singularityhub.com/2016/11/14/overhauling-how-we-teach-our-kids-in-a-world-of-accelerating-change and in the Exponential Wisdom podcast episode 39.
Einstein said (and I’m paraphrasing): if I had an hour to solve a difficult challenge I would spend 55 minutes asking the right question because once I had the right question I know I can find the answer in the remaining 5 minutes time.
I find that our public education system is not even asking the right questions. Just three thoughts provoking notes there, to show how bad it is:
- The Montessori method - considered still modern - is over a hundred years old.
- Sir Ken Robinson (and his publisher) has launched the third edition of the book Out of Our Minds. The interesting thing to me is that the first diction came out about 17 years ago, in 2001. So what changed since then? I’m afraid, not much.
- TED prize winner Sugata Mitra with his “school in the cloud” work is basically saying it’s better to ask kids a great question and leave them be. Yes, often doing nothing would produce better results than what is being done in education today.
"I’m also certain that 99.999% of humanity doesn’t understand or appreciate the ramifications of what is coming." - Peter DiamandisI agree. Based on my own conversations parents who care and have the means to augment their kids schooling focus on
- better grades, tutoring
- second language
- music, dance
- creative arts
In my opinion teaching kids to code, building LEGO robots or maker education is also a narrow view.
One of the main values of Singularity University and Peter Diamandis's Abundance community is the cognitive framework to think about the future, the progress of technology and to anticipate change.
The goal of what I called “exponential parenting” is to apply this framework to the raising and education of kids. Not someone else’s kids. My kids and your kids. If this is something that resonates with you, interests you, something that you are working on then I’d love to connect. Let’s start with a brainstorming of what are the right questions to ask when rethinking how we educate our children.