Education via the media

The media can replace school quite smoothly but cannot replace teachers. Teachers need to be educated, but not as they are educated today. The paradox of imagining the education of teachers and lecturers of tomorrow is that education cannot encompass the abundance of what is offered on the internet. Journalists can sometimes provide useful hints here. The phenomenon of school and study linked to the material on the internet is gradually growing, but it is still a media message and not an education programme.

People cannot keep up with the opportunities offered by elec¬tronic education, so there soon might be new profes¬sions, such as teachers who select educational materials on the internet. There is a shortage both of teachers capable of using the internet effectively, and experts who can find, categorise and select such offerings on, for example, YouTube, Khan Academy, Edu-Con or Courser. Every subject would need specialised teachers and selectors. Discussions between pupils and teachers would then be the basis of education. Opening minds would require programmes made increasingly attractive in terms of presentation, content and duration. Producers of such educational services would supplement new textbooks to a significant extent. The credibility of scientists speaking on such programmes would be key. They would concentrate on the subjects and not sneak in ideology. The traditional skills of writing and reading would not disappear but would keep on improving. Here we have the paradox of controlled freedom.