Inventions That Changed the World: The Evolution of Education

Invention: a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship. *

The world is constantly changing, for better or worse. We live in an era of unprecedented technological advancement. One consequence of this is failing to consider that the world wasn’t always this way.

Throughout time, there have been particular achievements or inventions that have had a significant impact on the future of an ecosystem, society, or human civilization as a whole.

‘Education’ is an example of such an achievement.

Education: the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. *

” Getting an education” is an obvious step in growing up. We have infinite information at our fingertips. Better yet, we have access to this information. Until recently, this would be unheard of.

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For much of human history, access to information was limited to the elite, and much less information was available, as there was much to be discovered.  What formal education there was traditionally was reserved for the privileged elite (who could afford it). As there was much yet to be discovered, ‘education’ varied slightly according to the time and culture.

Of course, as more scientific discoveries and technological advancements were made, the education system evolved to it current diverse state.


In a different perspective, people have been educating themselves since the beginning of time. From the hunter-gatherer days, early humans learned to communicate and grow their own food. Over the centuries, human learned how to collectively form a town, a city-state, a complex society. This learning didn’t take place in classrooms with people all huddled over books and paper (not that there were any back then). This learning, the foundations of the modern world, took place in the consecutive everyday decisions and actions of various people.

Drawing from this, most education actually takes place outside the classroom. We are educated by life itself through experiencing the consequences of the decisions we make.


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