I often talk about how fast knowledge changes. Research, cross-industry collaborations, and technology are driving knowledge development at the fastest pace in the history of humanity. ASTD and others have suggested that our global knowledge doubles every 18 months (some say it’s much faster). Berkley’s How much information study shows remarkable increases in information between 2001 and 2003 (I’m not going to get into the information/knowledge distinction – it’s a waste of my young life).
Susan Spero brought an interesting discussion to my attention a few weeks ago – namely “is Pluto a planet”. Most of us have grown up knowing there were nine planets. Now there are only eight (or twelve…or whatever). Different types of knowledge change more rapidly (consider technology over gardening). Yet even the most stable knowledge sources change as new information, theories, and views emerge.
We have designed education to promote certainty (i.e. a state of knowing)…we now need to design education to be adaptable (i.e. a process of knowing).