(24) Trial and error as well as appropriate stimuli
Trial and error virtually means that initial attempts are bound to fail. Appropriate stimulus means to let an individual further his/her learning and acquire experience of every conceivable kind, through a process of trial and error in the early stages, until the individual spontaneously finds something interesting and worth giving a try; and once that is found, an optimal educational program, “tailored” to the individual, should be prepared and effectively implemented. The program should be such that the individual can work on without idling but without overstretching himself/herself, thus enabling him/her to increasingly improve his/her ability.
Taking Japan’s current situation into account, I would think that a person effectively comes of age at thirty; the term up to that would be the period of trial-and-error and of apprenticeship before the person is recognized as a professional.
In general, compulsory education means education, which ― upon receiving it ― enables an ordinary person to acquire the ability to live, work, get married, raise children, and spend his/her old age with a sense of security. What needs to be taught by what age, in order for compulsory education to be effectual in the coming Great Collaboration society, unfortunately, remains to be seen. In my view, various ways of education would need to be experimented on a trial-and-error basis for at least ten years before a conclusion could be drawn. During that period, various members of society would try their respective way of education that they see fit, and evaluate the results after about ten years’ time. That would be a realistic way to shape the direction of compulsory education.
(Date published / 公開日： 6/9/2021)
(Date last updated / 最終改訂日: 6/9/2021)