Every ed-tech company that you come across today wants to revolutionize education.
Nothing wrong with the idea.
But, I beg to differ.
The classic classroom learning we grew up with and which still exists, where one teacher comes in every day, teaches their subject on a board or a fancy ass smart TV, answers some questions and goes away until the next session.
In my opinion, what most ed-tech companies are doing is taking the same classroom mode of learning and giving it the distribution of the internet.
It’s the same exact thing, just online.
Granted, there are advantages, and it might be better than what was before.
But isn’t it the same education system, the same curriculum, with similar teaching methods just done online at one’s convenience?
These companies may be making a shit ton of money in the market (will talk about the business of education some other time), but the question is, are they creating real value?
What you’re doing with such companies is taking an already broken system, giving it the distribution of the internet, and voila! you have an education revolution.
But, education doesn’t need a revolution. What education needs is, evolution.
By replicating the same system online what we might end up doing is not solving the problems there are at the core, but just multiplying the existing ones to the scale of modern technology.
I have no idea what you could do to evolve the system we have, I’m not at all qualified to judge the people in the arena, but my right eye is twitching.
Will ed-tech of today leave a world better than they found it? Or will we still have the same problems before that smart-ass TV on a wall was just black paint?
2 responses to “Education Doesn’t Need A Revolution”
What could be solution of the problem?
I don’t know.
But what I imagine is, it would be solved vertically. One ed-tech product solving one piece of the puzzle, example: one focused on just improving Math skills (like Cuemath), one just focusing on literary skills, one only on arts, one focused just on physics etc. Because you have to think the entire model from scratch, what works in one subject doesn’t work in other.
A teacher student model might also not be necessary, like the system should encourage students to discover on their own. Kids are smart, the internet is amazing, they can figure shit out. (Recommended: Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the wall project)