I was just listening to Peter Diamandis during his mastermind session A360. Peter is a chairman of Singularity University and focuses on exponential technologies. He's very well aware of all the trends and was even sharing interesting insights about education.
He mentioned that in the future, it will be more important to understand the problem space than to understand the solution space. In other words:
We need to get the students to become experts in the problem space, vs. the actual solution experts.
Being able to understand the problem space extremely well and then being able to tie it to the latest technologies, and be a connection bridge to the latest technologies... these are the skills that will become critical.
Peter also mentioned what he really values when hiring:
The second thing for me is passion, curiosity, and grit. And I think that's true for elementary school, through the graduate school. It's helping the students become extremely passionate about an area. Because when I'm looking to hire somebody, I would rather go for the passionate one. They are driven by the passion, they will learn what they need to learn.
How can we help our kids become extremely passionate?
Five Guiding Principles
Peter identified these five guiding principles for future education:
I'm amazed at how many people don't have a mission in life. One of the first questions I ask during interviews with job applicants is "What are you passionate about?"
Rarely I hear a great answer, sadly.
I want to support my two children in finding their passion and purpose. Something uniquely theirs, based on their strengths.
Young children drive us crazy by asking why, why, why... so many times a day, right? At first we (parents) are excited and then tired of answering :-)
Interestingly, curiosity is lost by most adults during the course of life.
In a world where Google Home, Siri, or another AI-powered robot can answer any question, we need to raise kids who keep asking "what if" and organize experiments.
The quality of our questions is likely to be most important going forward.
One of my favorite quotes is "Never give up, son, never give up." I even used to have it in my email signature!
Grit is defined as "passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals," recently acknowledged as one of the most important predictors of and contributors to success.
Peter gives examples of how entrepreneurs and visionaries imagine a world they want to live in, and then they create it. Thus it's important kids know how important and liberating imagination can be.
5. Critical thinking
In a world where AI optimizes and tweaks news headlines to be "more clickable," negative news and misinformation, it's important to learn the skill of critical thinking. It helps to find the signal in the noise.
What does it mean for us, parents?
Well, I want my two kids to be passionate, curious and have lots of grit.
Am I convinced a school is the best environment to nurture these capabilities? Sadly, no.
Peter Diamandis on the left, during the webinar talking about the future of education.
Edited by Michal Juhas