In a future where work is incredibly fluid, rapidly evolving, and increasingly automated, the idea that an expensive 4-year degree would prepare you for anything is laughable. Yet the entrenched ideals of a time-bound college education persist. The jobs our children will do (if there are any left after the robot takeover) have yet to even be conceived. We struggle and fail to future-proof our current workforce. So how can we possibly prepare for a completely unknown 21st century economy via a traditional public education system? We re-examine the educational models that have existed for hundreds of years and try to reconcile them with our fears of future shock.