A prominent architect talked about the potential of online education in 1962
Buckminster Fuller, a Harvard-educated architect, wrote about mobilizing education way back when cellphones weren’t even invented. He was a brilliant and wise man of his day, and is still remembered as one hitherto.
"Today we are extraordinarily mobile… Comprehensively, the world is going from a Newtonian static norm to an Einsteinian all-motion norm. That is the biggest thing that is happening at this moment in history. We are becoming “quick” and the graveyards of the dead become progressively less logical ….
Einstein, when he wanted to study, didn’t sit in the middle of a school room. That is probably the poorest place he could have gone to study. When an individual is really thinking, he is tremendously isolated. He may manage to isolate himself in Grand Central Station, but it is despite the environment rather than because of it. The place to study is not in a school room.”
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