As a professor suffering through the disembodied experience of “online teaching”—an experience that my students are enjoying as much as I am—I mull with dread this post by Cory Morningstar, which tells us that our overlords see this apparent temporary measure as permanent, and plan to do away with classroom teaching just as they plan to do with cash, replacing both with digital”equivalents” that will give them new powers of surveillance, and absolute control. This has to be resisted.
From Cory Morningstar:https://www.facebook.com/cory.morningstar.5/posts/10163636187840554
“Only the guardians, in Plato’s language, are to think; the rest are to obey, or to follow leaders like a herd of sheep. This doctrine, often unconsciously, has survived the introduction of political democracy, and has radically vitiated all national systems of education.” ― Bertrand Russell
And as the World Economic Forum, the central banks, academia and financial institutions get ready to deploy central bank digital currency, they are at the same time accelerating the goal of digital “learning”. The vehicle – over which World Economic Forum officially presides, is the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, “Global Goals”).
[World Economic Forum, January 2020: Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society Schools of the Future – Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”]
As of March 13th, the OECD estimated that over 421 million children are affected due to school closures announced or implemented in 39 countries. In addition, another 22 countries have announced partial “localized” closures. Parents everywhere are being instructed to engage with “Google Classrooms”.
Consider Goldman Sachs has shared the identical tweet 12 times since March 18, 2020: “How could the adoption of virtual classrooms, in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, jumpstart the long-term adoption of remote learning? Adam Nordin of Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division explains.” [https://click.gs.com/bsjh]
(It should read “How will”, rather than “how could”, but asking the question allows it to appear democratic rather than top-down or draconian).
When World Economic Forum, states “4 ways COVID-19 could change how we educate future generations” – what they really mean is “4 ways COVID-19 will change how we educate future generations”.
Never let a good crisis go to waste. Did anyone really believe World Economic Forum created the “COVID Action Platform, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the world’s most powerful corporations, with any other intention but to exploit the crisis & protect/expand their interests?
WEF, March 13, 2020: “With 5G technology becoming more prevalent in countries such as China, US and Japan, we will see learners and solution providers truly embracing the ‘learning anywhere, anytime’ concept of digital education in a range of formats. Traditional in-person classroom learning will be complemented with new learning modalities – from live broadcasts to ‘educational influencers’ to virtual reality experiences. Learning could become a habit that is integrated into daily routines – a true lifestyle…
From Microsoft and Google in the U.S. to Samsung in Korea to Tencent, Ping An, and Alibaba in China, corporations are awakening to the strategic imperative of an educated populace. While most initiatives to date have been limited in scope, and relatively isolated, the pandemic could pave the way for much larger-scale, cross-industry coalitions to be formed around a common educational goal.”
Goldman Sachs, March 17, 2020: “Today, online learning can offer live virtual classrooms—aided by ample bandwidth and advanced cloud-based collaboration technologies— that rival, or even exceed, an in-class experience. And since many students prefer the flexibility and feel of a technology-based experience, they’re pushing their institutions to embrace it. Future innovation through AR/VR will enable students in classrooms and in online settings to collaborate in virtual environments…
We’ve seen strong capital flows into this sector over the last three to five years. Not only are the edtech technologies more advanced, but the structural barriers to adoption are falling.”
World Economic Forum: “… in-person classroom learning will be complemented with new learning modalities – from live broadcasts to ‘educational influencers’ to virtual reality experiences.”
One can only imagine who the ‘educational influencers” will be.
Gates? Clintons? Cast your votes.
World Economic Forum Schools of the Future Report: