In The Future, The Whole World Will Be A Classroom

Futurist Marina Gorbis discusses the future of education and how a new "socialstructured" world will change how everyone—children and adults—learns.

Marina Gorbis, author of the new book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World and executive director of the Institute For The Future, wrote in our Futurist Forum that:

"We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility. Replacing that model is a new system in which learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows."

To talk more about this new model, we invited Gorbis to speak with Fast Company senior writer Anya Kamenetz. You can see the resulting webinar above, where these ideas—and many more about where education is moving and how technology is helping it—were discussed at length.

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  • Mathieu Provencher

    One thing is sure: we can't remove schools from our society because it's there that every student is evaluated about his learnings. Education system has real big issues but it is necessary to learn the basic things that will be later reinvested in life when needed. However, a people that only thinks about school when talking about education obviously don't know what Real World is. You are supposed to learn every day in your life. Whether at job or at home, everyone learns new things from days to days by communicating with other people and sharing ideas, projects, etc. And don't forget about Internet, which is becoming a real big resources concerning everything - yes, everything. Personnally, even if I'm still a student, I learn more things by reading news, watching documents/tutorials, realizing projects than what I learn from school. Everyone needs to go to school AND learn new things everyday. We can't remove school from our education system as we can't just rely only on our knowledge to do a task. We have the perfect system of education, just need to improve it - no need to TRY to reinvent it (because everything is going to crash if so).

  • Ara ohanian

    Marina Gorbis is right about the potential of the future but wrong about
    what’s going to happen to schools. Adult work and indeed society are structured
    around schools. Presently. No technology shifts will alter that in the