An article from the international CAD software company’s Chief of Education, released in February, is stating the great importance of the next generations correct education. He fervently states that it is not only the use of new technologies we need to teach as they become implemented more and more in educational settings, but the need for the understanding of how the technology works. Otherwise, we could leave a generation that can perfectly well use the technologies, but can’t innovate nor even fix the products.
The Chief of Education at AutoDesk, the producers of AutoCAD, states that part of the problem is that unlike just a few decades ago, people are not learning what is behind the box, i.e. how it functions. We instead go to a professional or manufacturer to fix our products as they get more and more complex. Although this does mean we usually get our product back in one piece, we are not learning how technologies work, nor passing on the interest in learning how technologies work to our future generations. He simply puts it that youngsters are not as ‘curious’ as they once were, which could possibly harm the future generations ability to innovate.
A future generation without innovation or the skills to fix products could be potentially disastrous. It could leave many de-skilled and unable to create and design elements, which could be important to our lives in the next 50 year’s time. Thus, it is up to the education industry to make those important decisions that produce a better education system, where people can rediscover their wonder for innovation and understand how technologies work. It is also up to us as a society to adapt education to our new needs and the new brilliant minds of this generation and the next, which are our future.
The Chief of Education at AutoDesk was inspired by the TED 2011 conference, named the Rediscovery of Wonder, which was host to a number of influential and inspirational thinkers in a variety of industries, from science to the arts. It’s important that in such a time, where we are facing environmental and economic issues, that we keep our future generation’s inspired to innovate, whether that be in science or the arts. Like the Chief of Education at AutoDesk states, we must teach our children how to innovate, in order for them to succeed in the future. The future is after all in their hands…