Revolution -- Devolution
The positivist (marketing BS) label for the goal of today's chaos is 'Knowledge Society'. Many people believe that at the beginning of the new millennium, that human nature was ready to evolve to a new and higher plane of existence. Excuse me for a moment while I go change into my white greek goddess gown.... Ok.. moving on.
What is the Knowledge Society? There are more concise definitions, but I loved the one I found on the Mother's Service Society Research website. The ironies appeal to my twisted sense of humor (which may be one of the few things that can't be blamed on this global conspiracy). The following is a description of the Society from their About page (most hyperlinks removed):
Pay no attention to the fact that this is an Indian organization about India, Indian schools, and the transformation of India. The report, "Towards a Knowledge Society" describes the same game plan that is being implemented in the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia... just everywhere. There are only a few hundred or so working brains in the world and everybody else is brainsharing. The reason for the brainsharing is that the same people mentioned above also believe that once human societies are in harmony (synchronized, robotic and culled of the clinkers), the harmonic hum of the hive will release us from this cocoon of earth and we will be raptured someplace... I haven't quite figured out where we're going, but it's supposed to be great. (...want a piece of candy little girl?)
Of course the pathway to synchronicity won't be easy. It is loaded with Instructional Enhancement Demonstrations that will have to be navigated before we reach global harmonic nirvana. The Knowledge Society Report lays out the game plan for us (emphasis added):
India Vision 2020
Imagine an India in which elementary school enrolment (I-VIII) and adult literacy are approaching 100%, school drop out rates are near zero, all children who are not going on for higher academic studies receive vocational training, and computer literacy is almost up to the standard of Western nations. Imagine a country in which nearly all citizens have access to all forms of print and electronic communication media-television, telephone, the Internet.
Compare that with India as it is today, with only 64% of its people meeting even the most minimum standard of literacy, where 59% of students never complete 5th standard, where secondary enrolment is 58% but of those that enrol 54% (68% of the total age group) never complete 8th standard, where only a small percentage of youth receive vocational training before entering the workforce, and where probably less than 1% of the working age population is computer literate.
Now try to conceive of how much more productive, prosperous, dynamic and expansive would be the India that you have imagined. Think about the potential benefits of new educational methods that would make it possible for school children to complete the entire secondary school curriculum within the first five or six years of education, with greater comprehension and retention and greater capacity for thinking, problem solving and creativity. How much more knowledgeable, skilled, and competent would be the nation's workforce? Imagine the impact on social productivity and living standards of corporations, universities, and government administrations staffed by such a workforce. How much more efficient and innovative? How much better informed would be the decisions taken by individuals regarding education, occupation, politics, business investment, health, child-rearing and life-style? How much more effective the institutions operating for the development of society? Imagine a workforce able to meet the entire world's shortage of technical and professional graduates. Imagine companies and universities from around the world gravitating to India as the premier scientific and technological research and development environment. Imagine an India in which cities are far cleaner and more modern, citizens more enlightened and responsible, entrepreneurs more dynamic and sophisticated, institutions far more effective and responsive. Surely as a minimum, this India would enjoy a per capita income three to four times higher, perhaps ten times higher, than the country does today.
This India of your imagination is merely a dream today, but it can become a reality within the next two decades, provided the nation's intellectual, political and business leaders have the vision to perceive the country's enormous untapped human potentials and make a full and determined commitment to fully develop those potentials. Knowledge is the key to realizing this vision of India in 2020.
The term ‘knowledge society' has gained prevalence in recent years due to the revolutionary strides in technology and the rapid evolution of new systems for the gathering, transmission and application of information. A confluence of technologies-television, computers, networking, satellite communications and the internet-constitute the technological basis for the knowledge revolution. Their rapid proliferation over the past decade has made possible movement of information around the world at lightning speed. This dramatic acceleration in the development of information technologies; in the speed and extent of global knowledge accumulation, dissemination and exchange; in the blurring and transcendence of traditional boundaries between fields of knowledge; and in the emergence of new knowledge-based industries are defining characteristics of the knowledge revolution.
The concept of Knowledge Society includes also that of the learning society. The pace of knowledge generation and adoption is so rapid in the world of today that learning can no longer be confined to formative years of youth. All members of the population must continue to acquire knowledge throughout their adult lives in order to avail of the economic opportunities that rapid development makes possible. This requires the development of innovative delivery systems for dissemination of practically useful information on a continuous basis.
The Knowledge Society is an Orwellian creation. It's revolution for devolution of human society. What the technology industry has managed to do is to create a fantasy world in which all of our problems will be solved if we just allow them to manage our resources, and to put a virtual yoke around the necks of our children and governors on their minds. In today's complex society, will a 5th grade education comprised mostly of "worker skills" produce the desired results? Only if you are a slave-master looking to produce a slave-class of people educated only to level of functional literacy and totally dependent upon the largess of the managed and controlled education-work system.
search on "Knowledge Society" and you'll find lots of information
about it. Just make sure to remember that the promoters are either
useful idiots or slave-masters.