Progress and overall knowledge creation associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) --- continue at a very fast pace and some argue that this pace is accelerating. A very interesting piece of research, published by Benjamin F. Jones1, reported the adverse impact of technological progress upon innovators --- and described this effect as “the burden of knowledge.”
Today’s children are on the frontier of this “burden of knowledge.” Previously, young learners took a wagon train from learning how to build with blocks to how to engineer a steel structure as adults. Now, with all the technological advances, it doesn’t seem to be enough to give children blocks. They must now use those blocks to create prescribed structures rather than experiment with the medium.
Essentially Jones posits that knowledge accumulates as technology advances, therefore, successive generations of innovators face an ever increasing educational burden. Jones measured this impact in terms of lengthening education, narrowing expertise, and very interestingly, an increase in age of first invention and specialization. Essentially, although technological progress continues at a rapid pace, because there are more innovators, it takes each of us longer to learn what is already known before we can innovate. Certainly this makes sense.
But what happens to the children in this scenario? Perhaps it’s not enough to allow our children to play with their electronic technology. Maybe they need to understand the basis of STEM at an early age, to see that the building blocks of all creation are atoms and molecules. Only then can today’s children keep up with the roller coaster of advances assaulting the modern innovators.
What if we were able to deploy a strategy to reduce some of this burden of knowledge for our next generation of innovators? What if we were able to teach some basic STEM concepts at an earlier age, in a way that is engaging, taking full advantage of our current literacy curriculum for early elementary school children? What if we can do this at home, as primary caregivers, for the next generation of inventers, engineers, and designers? And what if we also prepared our children to be valuable team players, working toward a common goal with others?
This is the basis for Entelechy Education, LLC.
Entelechy Education, LLC, presents a unique teaching approach integrating STEM and character education themes within the literacy curriculum. Entelechy Education, LLC resources help very young children grow to achieve their scientific, technological, engineering, mathematical, character, and literacy potential in a world filled with opportunities.
The EnteleTrons® are up for the challenge to lift the “burden of knowledge” for your children! Are you also willing to take on that challenge?
Author: Renee Heiss