What’s in it for me? Find out how the United States can fix its badly out-of-date education system.

Many schools today seem to follow the same approach: students go to class, memorize concepts and facts and take tests where they regurgitate everything they’ve learned. This style of education may have worked well in the industrial age, in which most workers only needed to learn how to complete a task and then repeat it over and over again. But in today’s context of constant innovation, a new approach to education is needed.

So, how should we update our education system to fit the needs of today’s economy? Put simply, we shouldn’t be focusing on teaching students what to learn, but how to learn. This way, the next generation will be better equipped to tackle the challenges of the future with creativity and adaptability.

In these blinks, you’ll discover

  • how apprenticeships first came about;
  • why Napoleon’s wars led to mandatory education in Prussia and the United States; and
  • how learning methods like ConcepTest are helping Harvard students think critically.