How might we update our education system from industrial age thinking to the technological age?

GOAL 4: Quality Education | By: Kaitlyn & Arthur


The world has changed and continues to change rapidly, however, our education system has not changed in hundreds of years. The research done about the education system highlights six key areas that are potentially problematic in the technology-focused world we live in today. These areas include the following: industrial age thinking, lack of autonomy, inauthentic learning methods, no room for passion, differences in how we learn, and lectures The outcomes of these six areas result in the following: lack of interest and attendance, memorization versus understanding, lack of belonging and identity, loss of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and lack of innovation. There are also barriers that further complicate the potential to resolve these issues that include financial, systematic, and resource barriers. The system map shows the complicated connections and relationships between these outcomes, identified issues, and barriers to help visually display this wicked problem and contextualize an outdated system in our constantly evolving world.

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I chose the topic of education because I have seen and experienced the Canadian education system and seen some of the problematic areas. For children, education plays an important role in shaping habits, experiences, and outlooks. Education, to me, should be a place for children to grow in ways that support their individuality, creativity, and culture. My research in this project has pointed out the fundamental issue that school systems were created in the industrial age: to create workers to serve the elites. Now, however, we live in a progressive, technological age, and I think that our school systems should progress too.


The importance of education has always been a topic that intrigues me. As I was not good at school when I was younger, I made it to where I am with the help of extraordinary teachers that I was blessed with. I have realized the importance of education and how it can alter one’s life. Along with the fact that we are now in a transitional period from the industrial age to the age of information and technology. Education that prepares you for this significant point in history is more important than ever. A good society and culture start with education; good education inevitably changes and makes society a better one.