Are We Smart enough ? LO6294

Peter Pflaum (
Fri, 29 Mar 1996 10:18:07 -0500 (EST)


Branch and TRW in the 1960's, then many high tech organizations
believe that "general systems", now "learning organizations", can
be smart, fast and wise enough to be world class and move with
opportunities. I am told there are more than 100,000 empty jobs (
Average pay about $100,000 ) in high tech. Almost anything that
can be imagined can be financed. Can smart organizations move
from technology to technology, see the future, and make it theirs
? Can they offers educational systems to match this demand ?

How about the charter schools, voucher systems business plus just
private education in High Tech. ( to match downsizing of older
bigger firms ) These future schools are critical to the welfare
of all the people.

The federal vouchers for training may happen this year. Many
states have charter schools. The people in the "private education
business" are not fast enough with new technology.. how about new
or old high tech firms going into "private" training and
education. Systems wise, cyperspace wise, "learning
organizations" wise, using general systems as a guide, like
Global Village Schools ??

Communist public schools will fall ( sooner than anyone expects)
because communism doesn't work. ( In the sense that the public
education monopoly, is run by a closed system with goal
displacement ). Schools need to be build as "learning
organizations", where thinking and doing are whole. General
systems is the core of knowledge in the new century. Thinking
skills can be learned in practice, in communities of problem
solvers. Bruner has suggested "going beyond the information
given". If we took the idea of organization learning into a free
market of public supported but not run, education, a new
mobility, nobility, and flexibility can promote the general
welfare well into the next century.

The hope of human potential, started again, in the renascence of
the 15th century, with the "new knowledge" and reconstruction of
ancient wisdom. It came to the new world as the freemasons faith
in human reason. People could take care of their own affairs. The
world need not be divided between rulers, owners, bosses,
bishops, kings and peasants. Idealist communities and social
democracy spread and grew. Big industry slowly accepted workers
as participants. Modern society and democracy depend on
independent, educated "middle class", farmers, mechanics,
business people and professionals who manage their own affairs.

We now have a 25% underclass of illiterate peasants with high
expectations and expensive maintenance costs. Another 25% is just
a little more functional in the "information" society. The
president of the big 100 corporations and the President are all
painfully aware of the "learning gap"; more real and much more
serious than any missile gap. The future of our economy, thereby
the social democracy and republican institutions depends on
reductions in the unmotivated, illiterate, pre-industrial urban
peasants, and a rapid increase in smarts. This is a economic and
social opportunity.

** Peter E. Pflaum Ph.D. , Headmaster GLOBAL_VILLAGE_SCHOOLHOUSE
225 Robinson Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-2176 (904) 428-9609

** Peter E. Pflaum Ph.D. , Headmaster GLOBAL_VILLAGE_SCHOOLHOUSE
225 Robinson Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-2176 (904) 428-9609


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