Serious components are missing in Anatoly Guin's education

G. L. Filkovsky, TRIZ Master,
New York, USA
e-mail:Gfilkovsky@us.nomura.com

Anatoly Guin's article, Serious changes in the educational system..., in the April 2004 issue of the TRIZ Journal, is a chain of logical and factual mistakes. I won't spend time analyzing every one of them. Instead, I'll check the main one - the problem Anatoly tries to solve. Here it is:

"The main contradiction of modern education... is the contradiction between the high rate of storing knowledge of the humanity and the low rate of storing knowledge of a certain person."

Such a contradiction - and consequently, the entire problem - does not exist. At any given moment humanity is represented by a given number of persons, and these persons store the knowledge of the humanity. Old persons die and new persons appear. All educational system needs to do is to pass the knowledge from old to new. Since the given number of persons already stores this knowledge there is no problem to store it again.

In other words, the knowledge of the humanity is distributed among its existing members. There is no problem to distribute it again among the new members, in a similar manner.

Of course, if the population suddenly dropped there would be a problem: fewer people would have to store the same knowledge that more people have stored before. Fortunately or unfortunately, the reality is quite opposite: there are more and more persons in the humanity, and hence, the total knowledge of the humanity can be stored even while each person stores less than persons of the previous generation.

The rest of the article is not only redundant, but even worse logically. One last recommendation: before teaching other people to think creatively Anatoly Guin needs to learn to think, period.