Gary North has written a devastatingly superb essay on the demise of our statist-elitist-controlled education system which is taking place as a result of the global digital revolution.
You can read it here.
For those of us who understand what ‘Christian reconstruction’ means here, we know that this change is effectively proclaiming liberty to the academic captives, telling them “their redemption draweth nigh”–or, at least, their children’s redemption draweth nigh–thanks to the tools of technology we now possess that makes their liberation possible.
The best example of how free online education is slowly triumphing over ultra-expensive, offline quasi-education, is Khan Academy. The story of how Khan got started and how it is changing the way teaching and learning take place is very inspiring and interesting. (Khan became so successful, in fact, even Bill Gates wanted in on the action!)
I sure could have used Khan Academy back when I was struggling through Calculus in college!
Anyway, Gary’s point is that the bureaucratic, state-controlled higher-education cartel is now being hammered on so many fronts, it is only a matter of time (which postmillennialists always presume to have LOTS of!) before this combination of price competition, superior alternatives, technological advancement, content improvement and entrepreneurial innovation all conspire to eventually dismantle, disintegrate and ultimately replace the monolithic, educational dinosaur that, until now, has seemed invincible, as though it would live forever–so long as there was taxpayer-funded vegetation growing in abundance (and no asteroids). The era of bureaucratic academic behemoths freely roaming the earth is almost over.
Here come the tar pits!
This is incredibly good news if your time perspective for the future is long-term and your eschatological outlook is optimistic.
If it isn’t, . . there is a prolific, prodigious body of literature produced by a small cadre of die-hard, theological outliers known as reconstructionists that I would like to recommend to you!
But this hydra monster won’t die without a fight. The war will be fought to the death: the death of coercively-funded, state-controlled education. Academic tyrants, however, don’t give up their control that easy. Institutional glaciers and intellectual ice ages move slowly and melt even more slowly.
That’s okay. This seemingly one-sided battle is a win-lose situation. We win, they lose. You see, David is using his super-efficient, Web-based slingshot and lightning-fast digital stones. Goliath is still burdened and weighted down with his heavy hardware and outdated techniques: old Philistine technology. (That’s so eleventh-century B.C.!)
It’s a matter of parental control. And principle, Gary says:
The tools of this fight are digital. The basis of this fight is ethical: the right of parents to control the content of their children’s education. The state-funded bureaucrats know this. They have fought ever since the foundation of the modern educational system in Prussia after 1810 to insulate their class from political control, while collecting tax money. This is the basis of the doctrine of academic freedom. It means freedom from interference by taxpayers and politicians.
He’s right about this: “We are living in the era that will go into the textbooks.”
The Mayans and the New Agers got it partially right. We are seeing the end of an “old world” and the dawning of a “new age”.
It’s just not the one they wanted! (Or expected.)
Go read Gary’s essay RIGHT NOW! Here.
AUTHOR’S UPDATE: Facebook seems to have disabled the share counter on all of my articles!
Dec. 7, 2012: Looks like they reset the share counter to zero, but at least it’s working again!–PR