Okay, we need specifics on what “fundamental” change/innovation means here. If the present system of traditional education is simply flawed, then what’s it to look like in an ideal form (do not read “ideal” as “impossible).
A few basics. Living things, like green bean plants, trees, and penguins…. okay, people too (we’re “living things” after all) do not all develop on the same time schedule. Plant your garden and you’ll note that green beans germinate in “8-16” days. That’s right. There’s a 100% variation between when some seeds will germinate and when others will. They will all develop flowers at different times and bear their fruit (green beans) at different times. All will be healthy plants and produce green beans. No worries. That’s just the way living things develop.
Humans too. We all know this. From conception there’s no fixed amount of time until delivery. There’s no fixed amount of time until a child walks, talks, etc. Can you say how long it takes to learn to ride a bike? To learn how to read? How long does it take to be proficient at tennis? At playing the cello? You can’t say, right? “It’s different for everyone”. There you go.
It IS different for everyone – that’s one of the fundamental flaws with traditional education: it misses this point. It just leaves it out of the equation altogether. Grade 4? 10? Sophomore calculus? This is how much YOU can learn this year – it’s been decided, it’s fixed. “Really?” But… what about the fact that it might take me less time, or more? What effect might “the system’s” ignoring this have on my learning? on my motivation? on how I experience education/learning?
Yeah – it’s a mess, and this is just one detail of the mess.
We need a system that allows for each person to have the time they need to learn whatever they are trying to learn. Because there’s no “one” or “right” amount of time that it takes to learn anything – it takes the time it takes YOU and that’s all there is to it. No one can change that.
Too difficult? No. It’s being done. The model exists.