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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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The Big Idea for Friday, May 23, 2014

There's a debate today over whether college is worth it. It's a valid debate given that youth unemployment and underemployment are at record highs.

"We have mass youth unemployment. We have a lot of a graduate unemployment. And at the same time we had a real gap between the skills that are required and what it is that those young people are able to do," says Chris Kirk, the C.E.O. of GEMS Education Solutions.

How can we prepare today's children to navigate the challenges of tomorrow? How should we train our teachers, develop curriculum, and optimize classes to help students face the economic shifts of our rapidly changing world? As technology continues to transform industries, we need to  vastly improve education to bring it into the 21st century.



  1. 1 How Can We Improve Our Schools?
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ GESF
  2. 2 Every Student Should _______(Fill in the Blank)
    Jayson Richardson Education Recoded
  3. 3 Cashing-In on Bad Parenting
    Kirsten Winkler Disrupt Education
  4. 4 Think Differently
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ GESF

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