The Way We Educate Our Children Is Broken

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According to Jack Ma: “There is no reason to train the kids of today to calculate because machines will always be more effective at calculation. We have to teach our kids to be very, very innovative, very creative. In this way, we can create jobs for our own kids.”


Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba, thinks we need to prepare for the disruptive changes that Artificial Intelligence will bring.

Machine demonstrated skills that they never had before. Many jobs are at risk to be replaced by AI and Automation. Manufacturing is not the main engine of creating jobs anymore. Ma believes that “The service industry is going to be the main driver for job creation”.  On the contrary, President Trump promised to return manufacturing jobs to the US.

To make his vision a reality, Ma thinks that we need to change the way we educate and train the next generation: “The way we teach … is going to be making our kids lose jobs in the next 30 years”.

In my opinion, our current educational system is broken. We are asking our children to memorize a ton of information, and then regurgitate it (needless to say that they forget them the day after). Instead, we should teach them to be innovative, creative, competitive and to think. This way, they will be more and more independent and they will learn what they want on their own (history, art, music). In high school, they will have an idea of what they want to do, and they will specialize in that area (mathematics for instance). Our world is changing every day, the education system should be changing too.

According to Jack Ma: “There is no reason to train the kids of today to calculate because machines will always be more effective at calculation. We have to teach our kids to be very, very innovative, very creative. In this way, we can create jobs for our own kids.”

He is optimistic about our future but he also points that we need to be extremely careful. “The first technology revolution caused World War I. Second technology revolution caused World War II. Now, we’re in the third technology revolution. The World War III should be against poverty, disease, and environmental pollution.”

Artificial Intelligence will have a big impact on our educational system. I have written the reasons why in this Article: http://selimchehimi.com/how-neuroscience-and-ai-can-save-our-educational-system/


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