School is being taught in the same way it has been for generations. Indeed, the most recent issue of “Education Next” Magazine discusses significant technological advancements. I subscribe to a variety of online educational periodicals and am constantly astounded by the number of new teaching technologies available. Shouldn’t we be using these technologies more often? 

The human brain, like that of a chimp, is quite adept at remembering. Thinking, adapting, solving issues, making predictions, and so on are far more valuable abilities to have nowadays, especially when you can search up anything known to mankind in a matter of seconds. Challenge the Experts, as Einstein put it.

In the future, we’ll have to teach people how to adapt fast and perhaps allow history to serve just as a point of reference for understanding, rather than the be-all and end-all. Have you ever considered that a Professor chooses his or her successor, and who that person might be? The best pupil is the one who has done the most “brain washing” (perhaps over the top comment, but follow this thought for a moment).

As long as the student follows the agreed-upon programme, they will advance to PhD 1,2,3, and even fourth year, then publish or perish their way into tenure, and then choose their replacement, again someone who will follow their directions, and they will all be heading in the same direction. Hmm? So, what exactly is the problem with education? Nothing in particular, except that it isn’t operating as effectively as it could because change, the single constant, isn’t something it excels at.

For example, in the fields of psychology and philosophy, we hear about dead white men and assign notions or lines of reasoning to their names, but who is to say they thought of it first? A farmer in the field might have considered it but never written it down. So, 200 years later, a professor has a student who has an opinion, they have a debate about it, and the professor thinks about it some more before writing a paper. Then history bestows his name on this intellectual triumph. Is this professor really the owner of that notion, for Pete’s sake? There are currently 6.6 billion individuals on the earth, so there is a lot of thought duplication.

Yes, our teaching methods make school a living nightmare; it’s simply too sluggish. Did you know I once completed 33 credits in a single semester? I believe that is still the Mumbai community college record. I’m sure I could have done more if I hadn’t been a track star.

You can become a near expert in about any subject on the internet in about 2-4 weeks, and then you’ll have enough knowledge about the subject to challenge the experts or discuss it in depth with them, and possibly even give them insight, because you’ll automatically have come from outside academia, and thus have different observations and experiences, things the professor, expert, really needs to know, but doesn’t have access to, because he/she/it (AI) is too busy in a so-called lean environment (college).

If we truly teach people to think (why would anyone accept they are human, by the way), then yes, they will be manufacturing electric automobiles and will all be participating in applied sciences, making the things they dream of and imagine, and why not?