Education improved the life of early humans

Early humans produced sophisticated stone tools, tools used for hunting large game, some of the tools were used to prepare animal hides and some for shredding plant fibres and making clothing.

Early humans had an adventurous life, a life filled with many learning experiences. What we know today about the life in the Stone Age and the Stone Age people comes from the tools they left behind.

With little to do in those days, they spent their time exploring and discovering new things. They needed food and water to charge up their energy levels, and stone tools gave them a chance to meet these needs much easier.

I imagine one of the early humans on a hot boring day, sitting all alone with nothing to do. He picked up two stones and decided to play with them by knocking them together. As he knocked them together, one of the stones shattered into sharp-edged pieces that accidentally cut one of his fingers. Fortunately, his fellow humans have been watching him as he was playing. They rushed to fix the cut with their classical healing techniques, using special plants around them.

After several hours when everything was back to normal, the humans started to wonder why the stone cut their fellow human. Cautiously, they picked up two stones and repeated what their fellow human was doing – knocking the stones together until they got a sharp edge on one stone.

This gave them an idea on how they could use this sharp edged stone. They probably went along and tried the sharp edged stone on smaller animals they caught in the jungle – this made their lives easier, as they could now open up animal skin a lot faster and easier than before.

This went on for a while until they developed other tools such as hammer stones, which they used to chip other stones into sharp-edged flakes.

Years went by, they evolved, they got smarter, their brains got bigger and they had a thought about leaving some information and clues for their descendants – us. They started marking cave walls and painting rocks.

Learning improved the lives of early humans – it gave them a chance to survive. Their education was through experimentation, and as soon as one of them acquired certain knowledge or skills from either playing or exploration, he went along and educated other humans – they transferred what they had acquired to the rest of the population. This education grew from one human to the other, and eventually, it expanded to other groups.

Through education early humans improved their lives, increasing their chance of survival. Education also gave them the ability to leave marks and paintings for us to learn about them.

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Mduduzi Mbiza is a creator. Author of the book, ‘Human Education: The Voyage of Discovery’.