Infographic: The History of Education

The folks at Boundless who last brought us the EdTech Buzzwords Infographic are back with The History of Education. The graphic takes a look at how formal education began, changes along the way, current day and predictions for the next twenty years. Do you agree with the predictions?
Here is what Boundless had to say about the infographic;
To understand where we’re heading in education and edtech, it’s important to look back at our educational roots. As we searched for some of most memorable moments and discoveries in the history of education, we found there are lots of things that haven’t changed in hundreds of years! The groundwork for clunky, physical textbooks was set by the Ancient Greeks, and in the Middle Ages, the lecture format of teaching emerged.
Today, we’re excited to be part of a bustling edtech community modernizing and improving education. Free digital textbooks, open online classes, and open educational resources make education more affordable and accessible for students around the globe. For a full look at the past, present, and future of education, check out the infographic below!

History of Education Infographic by Boundless

Caroline Vander Ark

Caroline is President of Getting Smart.

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Love this infographic! Great representation of the ever-changing world of education. Education is shifting to a more individualized, highly-customized experience. In order to provide engaging education that brings lifetime learning, we must look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of incoming students.

Pete Phillips

Nice infographic but it misses out the whole of eastern culture! What about education processes in China, Japan, South East Asia. It is also so focussed on Western/Greco-Roman/Christian paradigms. How about the Muslim/Arabic world? Arab culture held Greco-Roman culture during the Dark Ages and was responsible for the Renaissance actually being able to reinterpet Aristotle.
How about the gift of writing and paper coming from China? Or the gift of mathematics from Islam? Or the fusing of Greek and Arab thinking in Averroes?
And, of course, you go with your audience in the end...the US. But it is a little neocolonial, isn't it?

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