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the future of education, politics, science and art

Author Nicholas Carr: The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains | Magazine

Author Nicholas Carr: The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains: Wired Magazine.

By keeping lots of brain cells buzzing, Google seemed to be making people smarter. But as Small was careful to point out, more brain activity is not necessarily better brain activity. The real revelation was how quickly and extensively Internet use reroutes people’s neural pathways. “The current explosion of digital technology not only is changing the way we live and communicate,” Small concluded, “but is rapidly and profoundly altering our brains.”

Everyone knows that attention span has been dwindling, but this article really strikes home and shows what we are dealing with. A must read for all teachers and those who want to impart knowledge and skills to the world wide future generation.

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Communication, education, future | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Intersecting interests: Politics, Education, Science, Technology and Art

Here it is, the beginning. My name is Michael Alexander Scott and I am an educational consultant by trade and a photographer by avocation. My areas of expertise are technology and business education and apprenticeship training. I have industry experience in computer data acquisition, photography and branding, and have worked everywhere from factories to wind tunnels to orthopaedic research to space hardware testing before getting into the teaching biz .

Why this blog, why now? I am concerned about the future. We live in a technological world yet we are saddled for the most part with an Industrial Age education system. We live in an era of disruptive technological change but we are held back by an antiquated political and social system.

Without the requisite education in technological and business matters, this generation of students are going to have great difficulty in coming to grips with Toffler’sfuture crashing into the present“. We are at a point where “if students are not trained to learn, then we are creating performing seals in a circus that’s about to be demolished.” (Dr. Bill Law, School to Work Conference, Toronto 2000)

So here we are, a blog about the world wide future. I hope to expose the misconceptions of what the role of education is, and the errors of scientific and technological discourse that is foisted upon the public by our politicians and our media. I hope to connect you, the reader, with centers of thought that should be considered when examining our future and where we should be headed. Maybe lofty, eh? Like any blog, it is all about opinions (and they won’t reflect those of my employer or government!)

I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think, and pass it on.

My web presence:

Michael Alexander Scott,
Ottawa Ontario Canada

The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn.
– Alvin Toffler

June 27, 2008 Posted by | education | , , , , , | Leave a comment