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Toffler on Super-Industrial Education

October 16, 2012

Excerpted from Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler:

Today one billion human beings, to total population of the technology-rich nations, are speeding toward a rendesvous with super-industrialism. Must we experience mass future shock? Or can we, too, achieve a “soft landing”? We are rapidly accelerating our approach. The craggy outlines of the new society are emerging from the mists of tomorrow. Yet even as we speed closer, evidence mounts that one of our most critical sub-systems – education – is dangerously malfunctioning.

What passes for education today, even in our “best” schools and colleges, is a hopeless anachronism. Parents look to education to fit their children for life in the future. Teachers warn that lack of an education will cripple a child’s chances in the world of tomorrow. Government ministries, churches, the mass media – all exhort young people to stay in school, insisting that now, as never before, one’s future is almost wholly dependent upon education.

Yet for all this rhetoric about the future, our schools face backward toward a dying system, rather forward to the emerging new society. Their vast energies are applied to cranking out Industrial Men – people tooled for survival in a system that will be dead before they are.

To help avert future shock, we must create a super-industrial education system. And to do this, we must search for our objectives and methods in the future, rather than in the past.

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