Apathy to learn is becoming the greatest unintended consequence of modern technology. Incessant social feeds and the proliferation of online content that overwhelm our searches have pounded our collective curiosity into submission.
The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
Apathy has always been a barrier to progress. But apathy to learn is emerging as a significant new influence infusing everything with the impatience for quick answers. And it is doing so precisely at the time when we need to find the opposite of apathy.
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is
To counterbalance this, we need a way to find better answers that pull from the collective wisdom of thought leaders and educators. And we need to free people up to get answers from a range of sources, instead of trying to provide all the answers from one.
If you love someone, set them free.
Educators are already on the front line of this problem. They have studied it and come up with innovative methods to ignite students curiosity, including the basis of Recap: inquiry-led instruction. Who better to lead the way forward?
I’m a strong believer in the importance of a hungry mind for achievement, so I was just glad to finally have a good piece of evidence. Teachers have a great opportunity to inspire curiosity in their students, to make them engaged and independent learners. That is very important.
Long term, we see Recap 2.0 working like Quora. Where anyone can search on Google and find Journey’s that ignite their curiosity to learn more deeply. Educators will continue to tap into this rapidly expanding knowledge base and curate the best Journeys for their dialogue with their students. That’s when we start to create a new future.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.