Due to advances and growth in science, math, history, literature, and other subjects typically taught in schools (K-12), the standard curriculum takes too long to complete, not mentioning post-secondary education. K-12 is more like k-20. Most people are not entering the working world until their mid-twenties or early thirties. They're missing out on time to start families, gain work experience, pay off debt, become financially stable, etc.
A team of scientists and educators were employed by the governments of various nations across the galaxy to solve this issue. They developed an idea of using nanobots to create the neural pathways that yemulate the neural pathways that are created when certain information, or facts, are consumed or learned. They gather the information, x-rays, nano robots, and subjects and they conduct experiment after experiment until it was safe and ready for the public to use. They became an overnight sensation and soon, the length of time to complete school, while still learning the same information, was shortened signifigantly. The nanobots were tailored so that they could be taken as easily as you take a pill. The Pills of Knowledge, or PoKs, as they're called, are mass produced, and the subject areas they carry are expanded immensely.
Some more information:
- Each PoK generally contains about the amount of information covered in a chapter of a textbook, or a subsection of a textbook (say: 6.1 of a statistics notebook or chapter 2 of a biology textbook).
- I've been debating various options on how PoKs are used. Either a) They are very commonly used and have completely replaced the educational system. They are prescribed by what are called "edudoctors." Thinking becomes rare and anyone who needs to think for their job must obtain a "thinking licence." This is the most prominent option b) The complete opposite of the last one. The school system is very much still a thing. Kind of like how flipped classrooms work today, students take these PoKs, and then use this information to think, make judgments, and make complex decisions, etc. c) Works sort of like a caste system, and is a mixture between the previous two options - For the working class, kids are just prescribed PoKs for their education, so they can get to work sooner. Rich kids go to school. They learn how to think deeply, intellectually, and creatively. Often, they have private tutors as well. OR d) PoKs are illegal in some countries, who prefer to do education the "old school" way. PoKs are sold on the black market, and a heavy percentage of kids try to get ahead with them. This is a relatively unpopular option, partially because it was a fleeting thought I had a day or two ago.
- PoKs can be sold in markets, such as the one seen in Cinder. Where there are numerous stalls where goods and services are offered and sold. I guess there would have to be a pharmacy, or an edupharmacy. Or perhaps they have another, bigger location in the same city and this is only limited stock.
- Some people are pill poppers and try to take as many PoKs as possible
So: big question: How would nanobots emulate the creation of neural pathways thatare created when you learn certain facts? Is this even possible?