Last night while listening to the recording of the Unschooling conference of 2010, the speaker dived into the coolest topic.
100 years ago our world was very different. We were in the thick of the industrial age. With the Industrial age schools became basically what they are today. The point was to create respectful, knowledgeable, and law abiding citizens who could work at a job, follow the mold and not try to break out of the box too much. Basic Curriculum were made for all kids to follow. (That means somebody decided what was and wasn’t important to learn, and started teaching it to our kids.) It drives me crazy to think that our education system has changed very very little over the past 100 years, yet our world has transformed.
After the Industrial Age we quickly moved into the information age. This came with the fast growing technology, and computers. We became more valuable by memorizing and learning lots of information.
So what’s happening now? We are swiftly moving into the conceptual age, but 97% of the population still is being educated for the information age. Here’s the challenge. Our schools are still teaching us information for the industrial and information age, but those jobs are becoming obsolete. Most of those careers are either gone, computers took their place, or we have moved them over seas, we out source them.
What about all those millions of teens graduating, going to collage, only to find out the jobs they were studying for are no where to be found? Most will be un pleasantly surprised and have to make a lot of big changes in their career choices.
So what does this all mean? You see the Conceptual age is emerging and we are quickly seeing skills that once seemed un important, becoming very valuable. In fact many experts say the right brain which is Random, Intuitive, Holistic, Subjective, and creativity will be the source of great success for any individual, instead of the left Logical, Sequential, Rational, Analytical, Objective part of our brain, which was used way more in the information and Industrial age.
I can see it first hand in my own children. My two daughters are creative beings, as all children are. But instead of trying to shove information down their throat, we use creativity to explore any topic, any subject. It’s in this very creative way that they are learning so much. Believe me I tried the typical sit down and learn method. I tried spoon feeding them schoolish ideas, and quickly realized it wasn’t going to work for these kids. Not only does it not work for my children but now I see this is the same experience that millions of parents are having with their own kids, all over the world. We are not alone, at all!!!!!
So many parents are taking their kids out of schools, and into home schooling. And now many of those parents are moving into Unschooling after learning how beneficial it is. It is a way of learning that really sets our kids up for this Conceptual age. They really learn to trust in themselves!
I could go on forever about these topics but instead of doing that I will leave you with my point. “The world is shifting quickly, we are approaching 6 billion people. The people who will really thrive are those who have wonderful and innovative ideas to benefit humanity. It’s time to think out side the box as parents, support our children passions, and have a whole lot of Faith and Trust, not fear and worry.”