Living in Exponential Times

I promise I won’t post youtube videos with every single post (haha). However, this time I will. One of my professors posted this video on our blackboard discussion board and I found it really interesting. There is also a wikispace that further discusses the statements made in the video. If all the statements made were statistically sound, then my generation and future generations are in for some really amazing changes. That statement might make you say “duh” but seeing it in numbers and within some sort of timeline makes the point really hit home.

I found it amazing that it said 70% of four-year-olds have used a computer. It also states that students are being trained for jobs that don’t even exist yet. I can’t imagine where this statement came from, but it is interesting…


-Jennifer

2 thoughts on “Living in Exponential Times

  1. Tony Waters

    I enjoyed this, too. It was well-presented, and to the point. The one quibble I have with it is that it assumes, along with every techie I know, that because change is focused by computer technology today, it will be that way tomorrow. Somehow I doubt this. After all, one of the points it made at the beginning was that what change actually occurs is unpredictable–and then they predicted the change would be focused by technology. I think that half of the fun is still acknowledging the uncertainty in the mystery!

  2. Donna

    I agree, Tony, that the assumptions about computer tech being the key to The Future sort of fly in the face of the larger point they were trying to make: we can’t imagine some of the stuff our kids (and other people’s kids) are going to have to deal with!

    I think that rather than completely redesigning our educational system to be “21st century,” we should look at what worked in the 20th century, and see if we could do some of that again. I don’t think that educators these days are getting a chance to, what with NCLB, underfunding of school systems, and an increasing reliance on educators to perform as Super Social Workers, in addition to educating. Making sure kids are literate, able to do math, giving them a grounding in science and the scientific method, and teaching them about language, history and social science can go a long, long way towards preparing people to take on what comes their way, in education and in life.

    That doesn’t take a lot of techie bells and whistles (as much as I like them!). It does take well-trained people, who have been given a genuine chance to do their jobs, with more than just “adequate” resources.

    That’s what I’d like to see.

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