That’s exactly what The Atlantic – an American magazine covering news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology and life – asked a panel of professors, journalists and engineers as part of a series titled “The Big Question”, which highlights ideas and insights from leaders at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. The yearly event features some of the most influential thinkers in the US and abroad to foster idea sharing, learning and forward thinking and address issues that affect individuals and societies alike.
Responses from the panellists – including Amanda Ripley (journalist for Time, The Atlantic and author), Pamela Fox (Curriculum Engineer, Khan Academy) and Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO) – ranged from questioning the need for any knowledge at one end of the spectrum, to maintaining the status quo at the other end. Others hypothesised changes to the current system, such as more practically oriented and project-based education, and learning spread out evenly throughout our lives.
To hear what they have to say about how education will change in the next century, watch the video. What do you think of their responses? Do you agree?