Educators, What's the Future of Classrooms?

Are educators walking down the path that leads to the end of the modern school?

Zak Slayback, author of, The End of School: Reclaiming Education from the Classroom, thinks so.

I came across Slayback while on Medium last month. I was reading his post titled,The End of School: Technology is Liberating Education from the Classroom.

In was pretty eye opening and I love his perspective on the future of education.

Educators, What's the Future of Classrooms

Here’s a quote from his post:

“Control of what is learned, when, and how is liberated from the hands of administrators and regulators once we realize that experts don’t have to be accessed only in classrooms.”

He goes on to add that we should expect four major shifts in education:

Centralized Decentralization

Up until recently, if you or I wanted to learn about a certain subject, we would have to go to a library, school, college, etc.

But now…

“Today, if you wanted to learn something, the iPhone in your pocket has access to more educational resources of every variety than all of the libraries of the Ivy League in 1960.”

That’s quite an amazing thought! My iPhone has more access to resources than all the Ivy League Schools in 1960.

Lower Barriers to Entry

We all know the sometimes enormous cost of university education. Most folks just can’t afford it. Thankfully now we have significantly lower barriers to entry.

“The low-income day laborer who has a smartphone has access to more educational resources than Louis XVI, the Sun King of France.”

This puts a tremendous amount of power back in the peoples hands. It allows everyone with internet access to find the top learning resources available today.

Individualized Locus of Control

When the level of access that learners have is virtually limitless it becomes obvious that they will begin to shift to controlling their learning experience.

This can be a good thing if they are surrounded by wise educators and experts.

“Although the individual may be the locus of control for that educational experience, the expert can recommend and craft curricula so that the individual does not get overwhelmed at the number of resources available today.”

The educator is more valued in these shifts as they continue to be the curators of educational experiences. Learners begin relying more heavily on the educators expertise to guide their environment. They become the guru.

This will lead to more active students and more respected and valued educators.

Increased Marginal Benefit

As we continue to shift away from traditional classroom learning…education becomes MORE valuable!

Our world is growing and advancing rapidly. In order to thrive, it takes active learners who can quickly learn new skills and adapt.

“Education as a continual process of acquiring and discovering the resources — mental, physical, psychological, and intellectual — needed to flourish becomes more important and more valuable.”

With access to education becoming easier we will all have more time to pursue education. We have more opportunities to learn in our free time.

And as education increases in value…so does the educator.

We will always look to the experts for help. We learn by being taught either through books, courses, videos, etc.

Someone has to create all this content for learners. More access means more demand.

I agree with Slayback that we will place a tremendous amount of value on education and the experts/educators.

This kind of future seems to put the learner first.

And I like that… a lot.

It’s ultimately what we all want.

And respect to Slayback for leading the charge.

Here's his website where he frequently posts.

And connect with him over at Twitter too.



Matt Phillip Senior Marketing Manager at Thrivist, LLC