HOW WILL WE LEARN IN THE FUTURE?



One does not need to be a futurologist in order to foresee the upcoming development. In fact, the most awaited educational disruption has already started! By observing current innovations, and societal and technical developments, we can identify the shape of the pedagogical future. What will come? What will go? What will become the norm? Check it out!
What does the world need?

When we look at the current problems and developments facing humanity, such as increasing inequality, enviromental issues, fundamentalism, global citizenship, the rise of the creative class, innovations, and culture wars--what is the first impulse of a loving parent or teacher? To equip children with the skills, knowledge, and wisdom, not only to survive in that complicated transition period but also to possess the know-how to actively take part in the transformation. We need a new generation of morally sophisticated, and psychicaly stable people that can lead society out of the mess we have found ourself in.

Restoring the importance of a teacher

Another key point to mention is the modern fascination with digital media and a belief that by using the Internet and new technologies children can learn much easier and faster. I belive in that too. I would like, however, to warn against overlooking the educator‘s role. A school is not only a place for knowldge-transfer, it is so much more. The social and psychological role of a school in general and a teacher in particular is often underestimated. The closer we look at mankinds‘ history we see it provides us with a stunning insight into the inter-connectedness of human history with the history of education in all parts of the world.


As we know, the future is unpredicatable. But by observing and watching trends, we can see some things coming. Many changes will take years, some decades. Here is the best case scenario.

WHAT WILL GO?
WHAT WILL COME?
age-based grades
The 17th century pedagogical innovation of age-based grades will be extinct at latest by the middle of the 21st century. Information on progressive education proves that multi-age groups are more efficient in learning.
mergence of children and adult learning of children and adult learning
Online courses are a great example of how adults and children can learn form the same content. Today teenagers do the online courses of many famous universities. Homeschoolers often attend courses for adults and feel comfortable about it. Adults gain a fresh perspective from learning with children.
tests and stress related to it
Standardized examinations were a pedagogical innovation from the 19th century designed  as an easy way to test large numbers of students in the shortest possible time. Tests destroy creativity and create enormous stress. Testing will be replaced by projects and problem-solving tasks.

meditation
Apart from the generally known benefits like increased attention span, reduced stress levels, and a more balanced mood, meditation has a very special impact on learning. A short meditation after some intensive learning provides a similar impact on the brain as deep sleep, similar to the “compressing” of the new information by computer.  
overspecialization
The idea of professional specialization is again a by-product of the 17th century scientific revolution. Most of the work that requires specialization will be replaced by robots & AI. Because of the education boom people will be involved in expanding their sphere of knowledge.
polymathy
Polymathic learning, as a natural trait of homo-sapiens will win back its position, lost in the 17th century to specialization. Polymaths will be the most sought-after specialists because they will have the major advantage of seeing a bigger picture, as opposed to relying on artificial intelligence. A jack of all trades and a master of some will become the next educational ideal.
ordinary teachers
Online learning will become the most convenient and dominant form of getting information and training. A teacher will not be needed as a source of information and provider of tests.  
extroidonary educators
The main difficulty we face is not where to get information from but how to get the pure information and evaluate it. The educator of the future will have the meta-perspective, provide guidance, and possess the ability to fascinate and engage. It can be a trained teacher or just a professional with a passion for knowledge-transfer. A master.