Without even realizing it, we have entered a time where teaching is ubiquitous, where people have the channels and the means to pass on their knowledge regardless of its kind. From very basic things like changing a light bulb, to more complex issues like the origin of the universe, technology has opened the door for us to become teachers in our area of expertise.
Teaching is one of the greatest acts of kindness, it is a selfless quality that pertains to the human species, a way of giving other people our greatest tool: Knowledge. It is thanks to teaching, that we have gone from being a rudimentary society to a technological one; as when teaching, we can improve or polish what we have already learned.
The Art of Teaching has been among us since the beginning of time and has shifted from an empirical method to a scientific model, with institutions where people can acquire all the knowledge that we have accumulated for centuries. But teaching is not only that, teaching is present in our day to day, it is when we explain to our children how to change a bicycle wheel, or when a carpenter teaches his apprentice to sand wood, or when a grandmother teaches her grandchildren how to cook something.
Each one of us carries knowledge, skills or talents that we can share with the people around us, so we can move forward and build a better society, passing on knowledge from the most basic to the most complex things.
Technology has enabled education to flow beyond our environment, and we can keep spreading it beyond borders. Platforms like YouTube have helped to disseminate empirical knowledge, return to the essence of teaching.
Obviously, this way of teaching is not going to replace Universities or Educational Institutions, but it helps to empower people, both those who teach, who see that their knowledge is needed and valued, and those who learn, who acquire skills that are hardly included in a university curriculum.
This "popular" form of teaching is paving the way for academic knowledge on how it should be democratized, on how knowledge should be wrapped in simple channels that are easy for everyone to embrace. Universities must not take this way of teaching wrong, but rather learn why it has worked, why people, to do virtually anything, check video platforms to find the right answer to any problem. Academic knowledge must break free from the ties of traditional or orthodox methods and take a step forward. This time, People are leading the way.
By: Pete Pizarro