We Need to Educate to Create New Knowledge
The issue is learning the best questions to ask and learning how to interact once you have the knowledge to create new knowledge.
Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education. Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges.
Along with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler, Diamandis is co-author of the New York Times best selling hardcover book Abundance—The Future Is Better Than You Think which was #2 on the NYTimes List and #1 on Amazon. Their latest book is titled Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.
Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis' personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!"
Education is a system that was designed over 100 years ago and it's completely antiquated and outdated for what we need to do today. Sir Ken Robinson does a great job of reminding us that in the old days, during the Industrial Revolution, the bell would ring and you would move from one workstation to another workstation. You would sit and you would absorb and have to regurgitate what you learned. That's the way schools are today, even though on search the information is instantly there. The notion that you should have to memorize it is antiquated.
The issue is learning the best questions to ask and learning how to interact once you have the knowledge to create new knowledge. So we have to change education in a fundamental fashion. The cloud and mobile computing should allow education to become literally free and allow all of us to have access to the best minds and the best teaching technologies around the planet.
So there is a revolution in education that's upon us, it just hasn't happened yet. But I think it will happen potentially first in the developing world. It will happen in places like Africa and India, which don't have the unions and the embedded infrastructure that we have to overcome. Or it will happen after school, in places where you go to learn and then bring it into the classroom afterwards.
Either way we can see in the next 10 years a real transformation in how we educate.
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