One “industry” that has changed very little in the last 150 years is education. How, when and to whom education is delivered, and the building blocks of what we still call a basic education today, are ideas that were conceived in the Industrial Revolution and are still current today. In fact, if you look only at the structure of the capstone institution of the education industry – the university – there are a lot of leftover ideas not from the 1800’s, but the 1400’s!
So for many decades, if not centuries, education has been much the same animal, even if in some obvious respects, it has modernized. Think of the anachronism of a biology lab outfitted with a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art electron microscope, while the biology professor presiding over the lab enjoys a 19th century perk called lifetime tenure and attends ceremonies wearing a medieval cap and gown.
(And tenure, by the way, is about a professor pleasing his academic department, not pleasing his consumers, i.e. students – another way in which the university is out of sync with 21stcentury reality.)
A fundamental rethink seems to be underway. Based on some trends you can see around us right now, I believe that in the next 11 years, three aspects of education – its cost, timing, and delivery – will change….. (keep reading)