Evolution of Education

Evolution of Education


Larry Ramsey

August 11, 2009

According to Thomas Frey (2007), Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, the pace of change is mandating that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being.   Current education systems are preventing that from happening.   Future education systems will be unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a singe point global distribution system.   Frey sees a radical shift beginning in the world of education within two years – which would be 2009.

Evolution of Curriculums
Education has traditionally consisted of the two fundamental elements of teaching and learning, with a heavy emphasis on teaching.   Throughout history, the transfer of information from the teacher to the learner has been done on a person-to-person basis.   A teacher stands in front of a room and imparts the information for a student to learn.   Because this approach requires the teacher to be an expert on every topic that they teach, this is referred to as the “sage on stage” form of education (Frey, 2007, p.3).
According to Frey (2007), a teacher-dependent education system is time-dependent, location-dependent, and situation-dependent.   The teachers act as a control valve, turning on or off the flow of information.   The education system of the future will undergo a transition from heavy emphasis on teaching to a heavy emphasis on learning.   Experts will create the courseware and the students will learn anytime or anywhere at a pace that is comfortable for them, learning about topics that they are interested in.   In the future, teachers will transition from topic experts to a role in which they act more as guides and coaches.

Current Global Trends
With many higher education institutions placing an emphasis on outcomes as a standard of learning, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that all students have access to effective and diverse teaching...