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  •  pico made me laugh. OK, it was a picochuckle. (5+ / 0-)
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    Say, isn't that one of them sciency like
    measurement words right below milli?

    Still right to the concise and critical point.
    And notice that we are still interacting, for
    the most part, with a human technology
    that disenfranchised those who would or
    could not successfully adopt and wield it.

    I gather this storiest is not ambivalent about
    the benefits and wisdom that can be imparted
    via the magical process of the printed word,
    even if they are rendered in the somewhat suspect
    digital and electronic formats.

    All of this new stuff is coming faster and faster.
    Since the stone age gave way to the bronze age,
    technology has influenced human society,
    and not always for the better. I do think the arc
    of progress, when judged rationally from a
    statistical viewpoint, which carries its own bias,
    bends towards greater justice, liberty, and prosperity.
    See Pinker, or Johnson, or even E O Wilson.

    Unless I am mistaken, one can, if one so chooses,
    adopt a lifestyle, or faith even, that eschews almost
    all of the 19th and 20th centuries advances. Or go
    to live with newly discovered prehistoric indigenous,
    or at least the few that have not already been affected
    by all of our previous efforts of 'discovery' and 'education'.
    Is it because these are seen as not rational choices
    for the majority they are neglected, save for academia?

    My biggest critique of our education system, other than
    its patently unequal financing arrangements, is that it
    totally resembles the factories of the early and mid
    last century, which is only natural as that what was
    needed by those who designed and implemented it.
    It seemed to work out somewhat for quite a few in its day.

    I understand that there are manifold social and probably
    psychological impacts of this brave new world, but I see
    little difference between watching an engaging master
    instructing me personally via video or bits or even in a book.
    Now, will I fully understand and comprehend the
    significance of such dialogues? Can anyone explain the
    "King James" section of Joyce's Ulysses as narrative?
    Do those with poor literacy skills sign legal documents
    they do not fully understand? Are they exploited
    by those who are very aware of and encourage such?

    I think this author missed a great opportunity to help
    mold and shape what certainly will be coming in the
    very near future. It's OK, There are those who will
    see a virtual school or university as necessary and
    hopefully guide its implementation with love and humanity.

    The master/apprentice model is still alive and well, as it
    mimics the basic human relationships found in families,
    tribes, and clans, which were the sole progenitors of
    knowledge, morality, and wisdom, until fairly recently,
    when widespread education in reading became common place.
    Perhaps we can do a 'mash up' of sorts?

    It is difficult to reconcile the past with the present,
    all with an eye for might be coming next.
    I write this as someone who is a product of the very
    industrialized public school system, which I probably
    did not thrive in, for various reasons, who has had
    to become an autodidact, like most, out of necessity.
    Technology has impacted our careers and avocations,
    and our lives so much that it makes me dizzy just to consider it.

    But I then remember that my maternal grandmother, who
    was a young and strong peasant woman and a literal
    beast of burden, somehow found in herself the courage
    and will to leave her home, and immigrate to this land.
    She witnessed the industrial revolution first hand.
    She lived a very long life and had the usual agrarian huge family,
    but she never really, learned to read English so well,
    though I do not doubt of her ability to have done so,
    had the social and economic environments permitted.
    She was a very good person, but there was so much
    of modernity she did not understand or appreciate.
    Going from being an indentured servant hitched to a
    plow to witnessing space travel, this is understandable.

    I welcome the next steps for our young
    in their journeys towards progress and growth.
    I wish them Godspeed when I can join them no longer.

    Thanks for all of your efforts.


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