Why Strings Programs Are Essential In Education

Introduction

The pace of innovation is constantly accelerating in the modern interconnected world. American corporations depend on their teams to continually become more creative and innovate. Therefore the clear priority is developing the creative skill sets of American students so they can be globally competitive in the future. The only way to achieve this end result is for music and especially strings programs to become central to U.S. Education. Though this may be a bold statement, it can be explained and supported from the viewpoint of interconnected education and AI (Artificial Intelligence) paradigms.

The Education Paradigm

With relatively minor adjustments, a schoolteacher from 100 years ago would feel right at home within the modern classroom. Other than replacing books with tablets, there has been little system advancement in over a century. In the past, educational excellence meant providing students equal opportunity to learn information that was not easily or publically accessible. Today, information is available for free anywhere and anytime for anyone with Internet access. Therefore, information has become a commodity that no longer has any value in education. The process of forcing students to memorize information and then grading them on how well they regurgitate it is obsolete. Now, memorizing information is mainly needed as a foundation for innovation. The true value in education will reside solely in how students’ minds can be engaged to creatively use, assimilate and transform established information in new ways. This innovation may lead to either a conceptual or physical end product. Only levels and speeds of this creative process should be taught and graded. However, this is rarely happening in U.S. Education.

 
Consequently, the current state of education has resulted in the failure to achieve the main tenant of the U.S. Department of Education’s mission statement: “global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence”. In fact, much of education is preparing students for jobs that won’t even exist in the future. Therefore, we cannot continue to approach education in the same way and expect different results.

Educators will be forced to experiment with teaching systems for decades to come until the evidence clearly points to a final process to implement. This will be a messy transition with many failures. Generations of students will be caught in the cross hairs of those teaching system experiments. During this transition, students who participate in strings programs will be in a classroom experience that will continue to engage their minds to expand creative abilities. But that calls for an explanation how controlled emotion influences the mind and stimulates creativity. The research and evidence on this was given in the Cognitive Paradigm page.

Since controlled emotion is what stimulates creativity, having opportunities for students to experience controlled emotion while learning is needed within education. One of the triggers for emotion is playing bowed string instruments. That experience then stimulates the mind to assimilate information in ways that would not have happened otherwise. In essence, creativity creates new information. So if the purpose of the mind is to create new information then an explanation needs to be given on how the mind is different from AI.

The AI Paradigm

AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology is constantly improving in its ability to instantly access and deliver relevant information. While it has ever increasing linear computing capabilities for this function, it does not have divergent computing capabilities, intuition or emotion. The specialized capabilities of AI therefore will eventually eliminate all future jobs whose main requirement is using memorized information. Furthermore, AI capabilities are advancing to creatively use, assimilate and transform established information into new information. So AI is already and will continue the process of being able to innovate e.g. IBM’s Watson. This capability alongside advancing (mechanical and then biological) robotics will scale and radically change the role of humans in society. AI will even replace humans performing most of the base functions in the STEM disciplines, just like calculators have replaced the need to do complex arithmetic by hand.

In the future, the only advantage humans will have compared to AI is our (non-linear/divergent) thought, intuition and emotion. These unique attributes give humans the potential of innovating new information (and not just access old information) at such advanced levels and speeds that AI can never attain. Unfortunately, this cannot be achieved if students are not engaged in creativity

Conclusion

Students have been the first to sense the obsolescence of the education system. Ask teachers and they will tell you how students now regurgitate-and-forget information they are learning. The ones who have adapted to play this game the best, receive the best grades. This is just an evolutionary response because they know that memorized information is no longer necessary for their survival. Students are using AI as a tool outside of school every day to source any information they want. Their intuition is telling them that being forced to memorize information in school is essentially relegating them to compete with AI. They instinctively understand this is not just counterproductive, it’s self-defeating.

Students now want and need to become more creative. This corresponds with the demands of an evolving business ecosystem in which corporate survival now depends on the creativity of their adult teams. Consequently, all priorities in U.S. Education now must refocus on how to teach and develop students’ creative skill sets. This, and only this, will keep America competitive in the 21st century. But currently, few programs in school other than music stimulate creativity. That is why strings programs are essential in education.

Evidence for these paradigms, along with documentation on the ultimate education system that will empower American Exceptionalism to lead the world can be found on:  AntonKrutz.com/education.