Believe it or not, there was a time before The Internet. I swear to God, just a couple of decades ago there was no Internet and people actually had to read books, buy newspapers, watch television and listen to the radio in order to get all the information they need. Still, they got far less information than we do today.
The modern era of internet has completely reshaped the development of human race, by changing the way we think, the way we get and process information, and the amount of information we can process and store. That being said, almost a hundred percent of all human knowledge and information we’ve gathered as species is now contained somewhere on the internet. With the development of modern computers, which are now not only affordable, but also becoming smaller and smaller (e.g. smartphones), along with high-speed internet connection, the classic way of education has, in my opinion, become outdated and irrelevant for the most part.
In ye olde days of yore, education was mostly based on the model of someone teaching you (verbally or in written form) the subject matter, then you reading it, and reproducing parts of it in order to get a grade. And that system may have been right and in place before the knowledge of the entire human race wasn’t accessible in seconds at the palm of the hand of almost every human in the world. Today there is no need for storing gratuitous amounts of unnecessary data in your head, because you can easily search everything online. Not only does this allow you to store more useful information in your memory, but it also completely changes the education model that should be in place.
It is great to see that some schools and scholars around the world are beginning to understand that it is not about having the information, but more importantly - knowing how to use it. Possession information is no longer a trait of the educated or privileged few. The educated people of today and the future are and will be the ones who best know how to interlink, communicate and apply the knowledge that the provided information give to them.Let’s clear something up now - I am not advocating for people to be ignorants who know nothing except how to type a couple of words into a search engine; on the contrary - “knowing stuff” or having information stored in your brain is very important. There are certain professions that will always rely on people knowing everything at every single moment, for example medicine. But as I’ve mentioned, what is changed now is that you have that possibility of storing only valuable knowledge and information, without cluttering your mind with unnecessary data.
The way I see it, education in the future should be more oriented toward learning people how to find the right information in the vast sea of data, and after that teaching them how to use that data in accomplishing the tasks and goals they have in front of themselves. We are witnessing an era of fantastic scientific progress and expansion of the human mind. Education of the future generations should be following this positive trend, and be adjusted to the new circumstances and developments in the way we look at the world and gather information. Looking forward to it!