Maybe we have life all wrong.
Are we really supposed to be born, spend 20+ years in school to get a job to then work another 45+ years before you retire and apparently then have time to enjoy the end of your life?
Every morning I walk my kids to school. After drop-off I hear parents talking about standardized testing, trying to get their son or daughter into the right next school, tutors, SATs, applications, etc.
And at the end of the day, most of these parents ask their kids “what did you learn in school today?”
In today’s world, we send our kids to school as soon as they are old enough to tolerate separation from their parents and to socialize with other children.
It starts with pre-K, then kindergarten, then elementary school, then middle school and finally high school. And for most of the world, college and university are the expected norm and required to get a “good” job.
But what if we have the entire system wrong.
Within 20 years, frontier technology in the form of AI, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, AR and VR are going to eliminate most of of the work force.
This will force governments to reexamine the current socioeconomic system. In a world without work, people will now need to rely on their governments for food, water, shelter and safety. But beyond the elements of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will governments now be forced to think about people’s happiness and esteem?
What transformation will need to happen to our current education system to change the focus and end goal of the traditional school journey?
What if we lived in a world where at the end of the day most parents asked their kids “were you happy today?”