Like an Alien in my Own Country

More of an Alien Everyday…
January 1, 2011, 22:57
Filed under: Wonderings

What are we doing to our kids…providing them with the world, but not preparing them for it?  One often hears parents say that they don’t want their children to go through the hardships that they had to, especially those that have come from a life of hardship or that have immigrated to the west from a land not so free.  Are we really helping them or are we hampering them by pampering them?

Decadence has allowed for a change in priorities throughout the western world.  In the past, many leaders, countries, cultures and religions have set the stage for grief, poverty and tremendous hardships for those that were not apart of the ruling elite.  More recently, the western world has separated itself from conflict and hardship, building safety and security afforded them as a result of years of democratic freedoms and economic stability.  Now these same societies have, in numerous instances, allowed the will of the individual to out weigh those of the of the will of the majority.  This may have gone so far as to create the new world’s educational culture that revolves around a diverse student base.

Along with this new simple and easy lifestyle, came numerous technological advancements and the innovation of gadgetry that has lightened the burden of the work-a-day world.  Therefore, less time is needed doing menial tasks and more time has been set aside for the individuals enjoyment.  I mention the individual, because this brings the world away from a model where people had to depend upon one another, but rather to an individualized wrapped society where the rights of the one win out over those of the society or the world!

This brings us to the new ‘Moral imperative of the educational world’ the personalized learning of the 21st century learner.  This idea has been building steam since the 1990s and is now repackaged and sold or pushed upon schools not only by all these afforded freedoms, but also because of a cocktail created by large and rich corporations and the amazing advancements in technology that they are touting and creating.  Humans are not immune to this virus and are often ill prepared by those same, faceless, money hungry entities that drive the world towards individualism and materialism.  As an onlooker, I believe those that are ultimately responsible for this calamity are the leaders that want to force the issue.

This idea of bringing schools an learners into the 21st century is not a new one or a bad idea, but it is going where no human has ever been and where no one knows what lurks around the corner.  It is believed that we are preparing our world for something that we have not even created or know anything about, so then how is it possible to go ahead with these ideas?  How is it possible to put all of the burden on a school system that is ill prepared?  How can the implementation be successful if there is no money to fund the technological needs of a school still in the 20th century let alone for a school in the 21st century and beyond?  Who will profit from this?  Why should people ever profit off the education of a future work force, citizenry, land, people or generations of people?

Something has got to give (see video on Ever Exploding Brain page)!??

Even the concepts are Alien…


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