Being curious about the past, present, and future of our species…and, of course, what this means for “school”

On one of my morning walks this week, I listened to a How Stuff Works: Stuff You Should Know podcast about time travel. I was struck by the sci-fi idea of altering the future by traveling to the past. [Brief aside…I don’t really think such is possible. But I was amazed that the idea popped back into my head when I watched a TED talk today: Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?]

Enriquez weaves together a number of historical-scientific developments and innovations that have serious implications for our future as a species. Of course, such makes me think about the evolution of schooling and education. I wondered if we should be fast-prototyping education so that we can prevent what Enriquez presents, or if we should do so to accelerate what Enriquez predicts, or if we just resign ourselves that school is school and somebody else will figure all this stuff out.

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