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6 Realities Education Must Adapt To

1) The Entirety Of Human Knowledge Is Expanding Exponentially

This means we can forget trying to summarize it, let alone fit it all in our heads. What is “core knowledge” is entirely relative, and isn’t something that any committee or board can hope to establish for everyone.

2) The Entirety Of Human Knowledge Is Universally Accessible

This statement is virtually true already, and becoming more so all the time. This means that memorization is becoming obsolete. The two primary factors that influence memory are significance and frequency. Education used to focus on creating artificial significance and frequency (studying) in preparation for artificial scarcity (tests), but this paradigm is no longer worth pursuing. We can determine what is
significant to us, and we can expose ourselves to information as often as we wish.

3) Human Knowledge Is Increasingly Diverse

This means that we can forget standardizing. Not everyone wants or needs to know the same things, and none of us will have access to more than a minute fraction of all accumulated knowledge even with a lifetime of learning. Geeking out on something worthwhile is a perfectly acceptable way to devote one’s mental resources.

4) Human Knowledge Is Continually Being Updated

There will be more new knowledge created in the next ten years than was created in all of previous human history, and this
statement will remain true for the foreseeable future. This means that most of our knowledge will be updated fairly
rapidly, and the best ways of learning and applying it certainly will be. What was cutting-edge mathematics in
Newton’s day is now routinely mastered by high school juniors and seniors. We can expect similar advances to happen in much
shorter time frames.

5) Creativity And Conformity Are Mutually Exclusive

The importance of imagining what can be is on the rise relative to the importance of knowing what has been. This means that our educational process, however it evolves, must welcome variation and continually become more divergent than convergent.

6) People (Especially Kids) Want To Learn

And just as importantly, they want to teach; not by lecturing to a captive audience from behind a podium, but by sharing what they are passionate about with those who are motivated to learn about it. This means we can forget about enforcing education and focus on facilitating it, providing people of all ages with greater and greater opportunities to teach and learn what they want.

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Author:

Dane Dormio is an online tutor and academic coach who specializes in helping all types of students achieve life and academic success, especially homeschooled students and those preparing for STEM careers. More information and resources can be found on his website at www.synergy-tutoring.com.

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