This six-minute video presentation from Karl Fisch (via David Warwick) neatly encapsulates the consequences for education of two trends: the exponential growth in computing power and the maturing of the educational systems of both China and India. Required viewing for any PGCE student!
The concepts themselves are familiar themes on this blog; what shocked me though was the comments left on YouTube. YouTube’s audience is young, yet these commenters were responding with denial, aggression, even religion. I found no-one in the first two pages who wanted to celebrate the potential to end hunger and poverty, and create a more beautiful world.
This, for me, is the message to educators. We have a duty to show young people how to embrace the future, and to walk into it without fear.