Why must our formative years be filled with experiences of obedience, conformity, and competition? Is compulsion really necessary to pass on our culture? Is it possible that we could design formative experiences that are safe and productive AND that are built upon initiative, collaboration, and empowerment?
I say of course it is, just as it was possible to build radios and television sets in the time of Socrates and Plato, it just hadn’t been done yet.
The “schools” of the future, whatever they end up being called, will be more akin to a modern day library. They will be free centers of learning and productivity dedicated to the service of all people. No one will go because they are forced to, and no one will be told what to learn. They will be specialized and individualized, rather than standardized, and they will be networked intimately, so that being present at one will allow you to have a simultaneous virtual presence at all others.
For anything you want to learn, at any age, you will be able to go to one of these centers and have access to the networked intellectual resources of all humanity, including supportive communities of others studying the same and other disciplines. Access will be available to all, and the knowledge produced will be for the benefit of all.