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For as long as we have had civilization itself, we have had education—without the ability to learn about customs, morals, and history, there can be no foundation for civilization at all. For as long as we’ve had such learning in society, we’ve had formal schools: private ones, government-run ones, and religious ones, to name just a few. Yet, for all the years that we’ve been educating each other, we’ve never mastered the art of education itself—though not for lack of trying. Today, we’re getting closer than ever to more efficient and lasting education techniques. As we learn about learning, we gain the knowledge that it takes to elevate student success and build a better future for every person—and for our civilization itself.

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The Science of Learning

Teaching may be an art, but learning is a science—and modern curricula and teaching techniques reflect that reality.

Teaching may be an art, but learning is a science—and modern curricula and teaching techniques reflect that reality.

We’re becoming aware that our schools have setups not ideal for learning. The so-called “factory” problem. Do schools allow kids to be creative enough? At the same time, we’re breaking through with more relevant curriculum, giving modern students a more sensible groundwork for lifelong success.

All this is informed by the most innovative science imaginable: for instance, education scientists are working closely with neuroscientists to figure out how the brain works when it’s learning—and retaining—new information. Modern teachers attempt to hit different parts of the brain in what is called “whole brain learning,” hoping to stimulate more of students’ brains and thereby help them learn.

The People Pushing the Boundaries

We have plenty of different people in different roles who see the changes made in education first-hand, as well as help make those changes, too! Principals, teachers, school counselors, and others involve themselves in testing the latest techniques and innovating in ways that help students.

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However, we also have specialized education experts who work in other capacities, such as researchers and academics, employees of private companies that try to innovate in the education space, and independent tutors and learning coaches, to name just a few.

How to Contribute to the Advance of Education

It should come as no surprise that the people who change the way we manage education have high educations. If you’re interested in a career developing curriculum or researching how children learn, expect to get a masters and/or a doctorate in education.

With the right degree and a passion to make a difference, you’ll find plenty of doors open to you: from administrative roles in schools to innovative research roles at the very institutions that offer higher degrees in education, you decide the choices you make. We have education experts with higher degrees who work in curriculum design, engineering the curriculum itself so that students learn the most important things they can in an effective manner. Other experts choose instead to study the art of teaching, learning more about how teachers can use their language, body language, classroom activities, and connections with students to further learning goals.

This piece includes just a few examples of what you can do with a higher degree in education and related fields—the choice is yours! You might become the next person to make a breakthrough in the exciting world of education.

Alden Bert