The changing forms of energy, communication tools and even the concept of labor force has changed the 200 years of education system. Recently, discourses and actions have increased in our country and in many countries to move towards to STEM approach of education. Finland says that the discipline, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry or history, will no longer be a lesson, and that the learning will take place in interdisciplinary studies within the framework of themes. The STEM pilot schools in the US are designed as a direct production base rather than the maker lab or workshops. This change can be seen as the trashing of the old and the beginning of the use of the new method. In education, a working system is never trashed and replaced by unrelated new methods. In fact, education systems continue to evolve in a completely natural process. We see that the transition from the behavioral approach to the cognitive approach and from there to the constructivist approach has transformed each component of the “educational ecosystem” according to the needs that arise over time.
The expressions such as “STEM is a fashionable concept, it all come out in the wash” somewhat show individuals with “eyeglass” perspective that unfortunately does not bother to think about the periods in which communities and educational systems change, only to connect the phenomenon to the use of computers in classrooms. Mankind has undergone transformations in energy resources and in the tools of communication in history. From utilizing animal power to coal-based steam power, from petroleum-based motor power to electricity, transformation in energy sources has caused radical changes in the social and economic life of individuals and communities. Similarly, changes from telegraph to the wired telephone, radio, television, fax machine, pager, mobile phone and finally internet have caused radical changes in the behavior of social structures and economies. Now the incredible advances in computing technologies, 3D and even 4D printers, unmanned aerial and land vehicles, Industry 4.0 as the Germans called, are about to reduce the need for the oldest power source in history, “muscles” . What I’m trying to talk about here is not only the reduction in the need for human power in industrial production. In many business areas, we are entering a period of time that resets or reduces the need for people physically. Almost every profession has begun to leave the production and services to the robots, smart devices and softwares. There is nothing to be surprised about if we define the technology as “artificial organs complementing the organs that humans naturally do not possess.” Mankind has always been in search of a mechanism that can do the work that humans cannot do or that can operate in its place. Especially from energy sources in the hands of monopolies like oil towards the renewable energy sources that are always accessible and their increasing efficiency are beginning to accelerate this search. The signals from northern European countries show that these searches are beginning to yield results. After Sweden, some other countries have begun to discuss the shortening of their weekly working hours. After all, they have smart technologies to do business instead! And of course a new generation who can produce them!