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August 24th, 2012, 11:51
Originally Posted by drae View Post
The education system is obsolete because it is an information based education system in an era where information is cheap and free.

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children need to be taught how to research and analyse information for themselves
On the one hand you say that schools are obsolete and on the other hand you say that children need to be taught … ???


And, by the way, this "information age" view is a very technocratic one. It sees everything as information.

Examples of what is *not* information is music, for example. Who teaches to play an instrument ? Is this really "free and cheap" information you can researxch via the internet ? And who on the internet says to you if you have played the instrument correctly ? Have you ever tried to hit the right note by playing a violine ? Is this really "information" ? Trying to get out the "real notes" on a violine through trial and error ? And who teaches people the use of their ears to spot the notes within a song ? Because listening - listening so that one is able to distinguish the one note from the other - must be learned … How should this be able to perfom this "listening learning" through "information" alone ? - same goes for painting. Can I learn to become a good painter through "information" alone ? Is "the internet" able to teach me the appropriate techniques to paint a naturalistic landscape piece ?

I say we are rapidly growing into an technocratic age; into an age where everything which is *not* information becomes easily forgotten. Arts - who needs them ? They are not information !

Technology will rule - and this will challenge Humanity at its core - because people might at one point be advised by Technocrats to replace parts of them by technology. Human Revolution ???

They will advise this - and not touching Ethics, becase Ethics will be seen as obsolete, then (partly because Ethics is NOT Information …)

Humanity - as it is now - has a huge problem which fgrows bigger with each day of technological research : Ethics and Philosophy are far, far, far behind Scientific research and Technology. Right now, ex-chemists are developing drugs for drig cartels artificially - drugs they don't even know how they work ! - Thy just design them artificially - hrough the use of Information from books and from the internet ! - without knowing nd interested in how they work within humans - and what they are able to destroy within humans. They are only interested in chep and fast money revenues … No Ethics, please !

And this is the other side of an purely information-based society : The loss of music, of rts, and of emotions. One day people might even frown upon that. Because Information is then the new King ! (Like Money is nowadays …)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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