As 21st century moves along, I think education will eventually take up a new shape. The future is here, because new technologies in communication and learning keep on happening. This means in the future children and adults alike will have more choices of how to go about learning something. Furthermore, artificial intelligence may just take over the teachers’ job one day, because new information can always be fed into AI’s algorithms that could be helpful to how teaching would be done in the future.
Of course, I don’t think futuristic educational system would bring education into only homeschool situation. In fact I think without real interaction among real human fellow students, no matter how excellent a futuristic educational system could become the students would not be able to excel. I think students’ cooperation in activities such as teamwork is very important, because besides learning just facts students could enhance real life experiences such as how to help each other out in completing a project and whatnot.
Still, I think the futuristic educational system might be very different than what we have now, because robots will be able to communicate with humans as if they’re human. Thus, robots with super intelligent artificial brains could become both teachers and fellow students to help human students learn better.
While we think of the positive possibilities of a futuristic educational system, we should also take a closer look at what we’re having now. I think the current educational system may not be able to do a good job in preparing the students for an even faster, ever changing future. As we speak, many forms of communication allow messages and information to transform the world at breakneck speed. If we throw in the futuristic artificial intelligence aspect, the future might very well be operating at a faster speed than now. Right now though, the current education system isn’t fast enough in updating educational courses to stay relevant with time. Thus, students can only learn what had happened and won’t be ready for a totally different future.
I could be exaggerating a bit, but what if whatever students learn right now could not help them find a job when they’re ready to enter the workforce? Perhaps, what they are learning right now could be outdated in a few years, and nobody could help them when they are ready for the job market. As earth population size increases and communication becomes even faster, the competitiveness of the world workforce can only be increased. This means more people are going to compete for the same skills and jobs. Jobs are finite, and so not everyone will be able to bring the bacon home. Without a proper education, such a population will be missing out in competitiveness.
When we throw artificial intelligence into the equation of tomorrow, the probability of finding a good job in the future would be shrunk to many times more. After all, artificial intelligence could provide efficient and smart automation, and these capabilities could outperform the human touch. In my opinion, as time ticks along, I can see a future where humans would face so much competition that without a proper education the situation could only become ever more severe. Nonetheless, no students would be able to get proper education if the education system of today can only be so static.
Furthermore, if teachers of today are not being paid adequately, the breakdown of the current education system is already at a critical juncture. Of course, the future will come eventually, but don’t we also have to worry about right now? Thus I think besides providing a good education, the people who are striving to make the education better such as teachers should be receiving a very good care and pay from the education system.