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February 5, 2012

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Excerpted from The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, by Jeremy Rifkin:

“Cheap print-in the form of newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and books-encouraged literacy among the middle and working classes. Between 1830 and 1880, European Nations, the United States, Canada, and other countries introduced public schools, making universal literacy possible for the first time in history…

It’s no accident that schools were set up to resemble factories. Children learned more than their ABCs. School life was structured around key temporal and spatial constraints. Students learned to be punctual and efficient and to sit at a desk for long periods of time concentrating on work. The new routines accustomed the children to the temporal expectations and physical conditions that awaited them in the new industrial factories and offices. They were also taught to think of learning as something one acquires and possesses. Knowledge was…

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