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Will the Future Increase the Education Gap?

Education is increasingly becoming the topic of many candidates in recent elections. Why is that someone may ask, have we not we achieved a good education for everyone in America by 2017? The National Education Foundation does research on how to close the achievement gap, they have come up with a  few points to combat the education gap. The multiple points are: Enhanced Cultural Competence, Comprehensive Support for Students, Outreach to Students’ Families, Strong District Support, Access to Qualified Staff, and Adequate Resources and Funding. These points are very important to note, but what happens when education becomes disrupted by major technology. The very rich neighborhoods in big cities will have AI teachers will inner city schools are just now being caught up to smart boards at best. Education throughout this semester has been about what will change, but in this post I wanted to focus on reality right now and how much of a difference this will make for students who are not being prepared for the future. The isolation of African Americans and Latinos has been a major problem in the past but is slowly becoming better. Since 2000, with little notice, the gap between both African American and Hispanic students and whites has narrowed in the 4th and 8th grade tests in math and the 4th grade reading test conducted for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nation’s common yardstick of student performance. On 8th grade math, the gap since has narrowed for Hispanic but not black students. That’s a significant improvement from the 1990s when African Americans and Hispanics failed to gain ground on most of those tests. As a country and individuals who make up this country, we need to do a better job of creating opportunities for everyone. Education should not become a trickledown effect, technology needs to be made readily available to everyone or the gap will just become bigger.

4th Revolution and AI


In class today we talked about education and how it will effect professors and students. I had to connect the dots and I felt the need to share an article I found. The future of education is way more efficient than we ever though. Automation will be completely ran by artificial intelligence. The big issue that many people in class had with this, is that it will just create more of an education gap. The rich will be able to learn faster and better, the poor will be stuck behind and we will see income inequality even more in the future with ripple effects. Artificial intelligence is going to run the world and there is not doubt about it. When I first started learning about the fourth revolution I was thinking how jobs will change, but I did not know how extensive automation and computer intelligence played into this. Teacher’s makes mistakes, imagine a robot that will never grade a paper wrong. Teachers don’t know every answer to a question, imagine a robot that has all the answers. The imagination of many will soon become a reality. This article talks about ten ways that education will be majorly effected. Number one, artificial intelligence can automate basic activities in education, like grading. Number two, educational software can be adapted to student needs. Number three, It can point out places where courses need to improve; this is personally my favorite because a teacher may be feeling tired but a robot will always want to help a student expand a learn more. The other points are listed on the article and go into how interactions today will no longer be a reality in a few years.

4th Industrial Revolution

These two articles further explain where I believe the Fourth industrial revolution is going. Focusing on the socio-economic and cultural effects, the fourth industrial revolution is following the past with a major effect. The first one, from the late 1700s to mid-1800s, marked the transition from making goods by hand to using machines. The second industrial revolution began in the late 1800s largely as a result of the invention of electricity and ushered in an era of mass production and assembly lines. The introduction of computers and other digital electronics launched the third revolution in the 1950s. The fourth industrial revolution focuses on artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds. This article from the San Francisco Chronicle outlines what to expect for the future and why we need to be ready. We need to stay optimistic with the future, although failed attempts like the google glasses show promise, technology is moving incredibly fast. The fourth industrial revolution will touch everyone, this means that even farmers in Australia are not immune to the change. The ability to track and grow plants without the normal stress is incredible. The education revolution will change how everyone continues with their everyday life.