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Education as we know it now, will become irrelevant

by on June 26, 2013


Written by one our visionaries at the Giz Lab.

I’d go as far to say, education as we know it now, will become irrelevant. I’ve noticed a trend in which people are seeking information on their own via the internet. People with knowledge are openly sharing it in tutorial videos and documents. If there’s something you don’t know, in a matter of minutes you can and will know it. The trick is to retain what you’ve learned.

Example. I never went to school for graphic design, but by using internet tutorials I’ve become efficient enough to create images to enhance my other industry attributes. If I come to point where I don’t know how to proceed, I simply search Google and find the solution. A few years from now i’ll be wearing a heads up display such as Google glass and i’ll have access to almost anything in a blink of an eye.

I think it’s perfectly fair to assume information’s value is diminishing. It also makes sense that as knowledge BASE grows among the general populous the requirement for specific training on any given subject will as well (because people will already know how to do that). Take for example mathematics. Children in grade 6 are learning what I learned in high school.

Exponential growth and change are making it almost impossible to position yourself to be ready for tomorrow. I try to know as much about as many things as I can in order to broaden my marketability and the chances that someone will be able to make use of my skills.

Never stop learning!

I’ll leave this. Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. – Carl Sagan