Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"Top Ten Global Trends That Force Us To Rethink Education"

Here they are at Education Futures. Nothing really new except for this quantitative bit in Trend #9, "Change is accelerating":
The doubling time of information is now under one year. In 20 years or less doubling time may drop to a few weeks.

I don't know where they came up with these numbers. It does not really matter I guess, but estimates of this ilk always intrigue me.

In any case, I think it is incumbent upon parents in this 21st century to think about these issues. If the doubling time of information is under one year (assuming that it is a good enough estimate), the very nature of life is changing faster than our categories of thought can evolve. For example, the very concept of "education" may become outmoded. Our kids do live in a very different (global, accelerating, automated, knowledge-intensive) world and they are going to have to create concepts to describe that world on their own!


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