Here’s my article soon to be featured in the MACA magazine published by Youthwise.
It’s no surprise our education system is failing our children.
Designed around the turn of the 19th century, our current system was essentially created to turn children into worker bees.
Imagine if Einstein, Tesla or Edison had their creative genius switched off and matriculated as worker bees!
Einstein, whilst excellent at physics and math, was a rebel.
He rebelled against authority figures and the school system and was expelled from school – thank goodness.
Einstein’s genius didn’t blossom until he was working in the patent office of Bern.
Edison, who also found the education system stifling, was sent home from school with a note for his mother.
Your son needs to attend a school for special needs, he is not coping at our school it read.
Edison’s mother told him the letter said he was too intelligent for a traditional educational institution and she homeschooled him instead.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The experiences of Einstein and Edison represent two different approaches to education.
Believe in the child’s potential, or just get them through the system and out the other end into a blue-collar job.
But herein lies another problem.
We are creating a world where Artificial Intelligence is taking over the roles of blue-collar workers.
A world where machines will disrupt lives and push people to change their attitudes, their thinking and their behaviours.
When self-driving cars are mass produced there will be no need for car insurance companies, taxi, bus or train drivers.
That’s workers from four industries who will find their roles made redundant.
Automated medical prescription vending services are already operating in the USA and a worldwide roll-out won’t be far behind.
The role of your local pharmacy will become obsolete, just like the local DVD rental store since the introduction of streaming companies.
Lawyers and accountants are not far from being replaced by algorithms of a sophisticated AI.
And that’s just the beginning.
With such a drive and massive investment poured into AI development it begs the question – why isn’t more money put into our schools?
How is it that the focus on technological advancement is a financial priority, and yet the system responsible for educating our future geniuses, artists and inventors gets nothing?
Parents are feeling the squeeze, commuting for hours a day instead of spending valuable time being a parent.
Teens stare at their devices more than they make eye contact with other human beings and rely on social media to feel included and accepted.
They lack the self-belief to make human connections in the real world.
Bullying, especially online, is claiming the lives of our children and yet basic coping skills are still not being taught in our schools.
This new-world living has evolved beyond the capabilities of our outdated education system and it’s leaving our children vulnerable.
The creativity and confidence needed to solve these looming employment problems are not encouraged or nurtured in our schools.
Gen X and Gen Y, who will sadly become the unemployed, will have to get creative or start their education all over again.
They will have to re-learn how to learn, and quickly, in order to survive the epic advancement in technology that is imminent.
But do we just want our kids to survive, or do we want them to thrive?
An overhaul of this system is long overdue, but instead of focusing on AI we should be turning our attention to AL – Accelerated Learning.
Accelerated Learning is essentially understanding how your brain learns best.
Using specific tools to ensure fast, fun learning, information is remembered and recalled quickly and easily, unlike the logical left-brain approach currently being taught.
Accelerated Learning is more than recalling vast amounts of information fast – it also rewires the students’ minds to believe in their own genius.
The realization that their capabilities are limitless boosts self-esteem and confidence.
Along with this new confidence comes the realization that learning is fun, not boring and mundane.
Accelerated Learning is about tapping into a child’s infinite intelligence with an NBN connection rather than using the dial-up modem approach of our current education system.
Accelerated Learning encourages students to develop their creativity, to fire up the right-side of their brains so they recall and retain information much easier.
Our current system relies on cramming as much information as possible into a student, testing them, then labelling that student based on the results.
Those results only reflect a moment in time, not a child’s intelligence or potential.
“Educo”, the Latin word for education, means to draw out from.
Accelerated learning uncovers the intelligence inside every student and draws it to the surface using techniques specific to the student’s uniqueness.
It’s a perfect example of working smarter not harder.
Accelerated Learning unleashes the genius within and gets kids excited about learning.
Students who are enthusiastic about their schooling and who have a positive view of themselves and their capabilities have an uplifting influence on all those around them.
The entire culture and mood of a learning environment can change for the better when Accelerated Learning is employed.
With the huge spike in teen depression, addiction, bullying and suicide something must change, that is undeniable.
For those who will be affected by the inevitable AI changes looming on our horizon – how prepared are they?
How prepared are parents who may well suffer from massive changes to their own lives, their own livelihoods, as more of these AI developments are implemented?
Our ability to adapt to change relies on our creativity and drive – two things our current school system does little to support or develop.
So much can be done about this right now.
An investment in Accelerated Learning programs within our schools, colleges and universities can help provide the skills our children need to thrive throughout their lives, no matter what changes and challenges they face.
There is hope for our children in this ridiculously fast-paced world if our leaders and educators have the courage to petition for these invaluable Accelerated Learning programs for their schools.
Our future depends on it.