How Can We Take Education from the Industrial Revolution to the Oculus Rift?

Last week’s DevLearn 2014 was another amazing conference, characterized by progressive approaches to age-old problems in the educational space.

One of the most impacting takeaways, however, was how little education has changed in the last 150 years. In his opening keynote session, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson outlined the history of the traditional education system in America.

Most notably, he delved into the origins of the system during the Industrial Revolution, and its purpose as way of turning the farming families of the country into skilled laborers who could work on the assembly lines of new factories taking over the American landscape. This model of education is still the basic structure we use to educate our young people today.

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