A Visual Guide To The Past, Present, And Future Of Education

Education has been around for a long time. Many things have changed, and others have stayed remarkably similar over a number of years. As of late, there have been a lot of innovations and technological advancements that have really changed the educational landscape. In order to understand where education is heading, Boundless decided to take a look at where education has been in the past – to see how far it has come, or hasn’t in some cases. They’ve put together this handy infographic that shows some of education’s bigger historical milestones. From education in the ancient world to projecting what things will look like in 20 years, they’ve covered it all!

The Past, Present, and Future of Education

Education in The Ancient World

  • Writing was developed
  • Evidence of writing tablets and writing styluses is shown
  • The ancient roots of textbooks in Ancient Greece date to this time
  • Romans opened schools
  • The Royal Library was built in Alexandria by the Egyptians
  • Nalanda, the Buddhist center in India, conferred academic degree titles and offered post-graduate courses


Education in The Middle Ages

  • The first real universities were founded
  • The liberal arts core was created – including courses in Latin grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, astronomy, geometry and music
  • The lecture format is created
  • Gutenberg’s printing press was developed


Education in The Renaissance

  • More specialized educational paths were developed (eg, to become a doctor)
  • Grammar, poetry, history, rhetoric, and moral philosophy became the five humanities
  • The scientific method was developed


Early Education in The US

  • A statewide system for professional educators was developed
  • McGuffrey readers were developed
  • Boston Latin School was founded, and still remains as the first and oldest school in the country


Modern Education in The US

  • Laws concerning education are developed
  • Computers emerged as a critical part of education
  • Mobile devices revolutionized how information was delivered
  • Virtual learning emerged and gained popularity quickly
  • Open source content changed how easily information is available


What Does The Future Hold?

  • Open educational resources will replace traditional educational media (like textbooks)
  • Teacher’s roles will evolve
  • Vocational and professional training will show a resurgence