Slowly but surely a pattern is emerging that Moores Law – the theory that microprocessing power grows exponentially every year is not just applicable to computing but also it appears that the needs of a knowledge worker society and educational needs are also growing exponentially also. Many individuals are wondering what’s going on and the constant talk of the decline of the middle class is all but a reflection of the refusal of the population to become more educated with the times.
Up until the technological era there was always a recognition that individuals must keep up, must become more educated and knowledgeable to keep up with the changing needs of society. The U.S. has gone from a country where reading and writing were optional needs to survival, then maybe a third grade education, finally a high school education and then the recognition that obtaining more education was necessary to survival was obsolete. Instead of moving on and pursuing higher forms of knowledge informally or formally individuals stopped in their footsteps and refused to go any further and have since the late 70’s blamed the government for not maintaining manufacturing jobs.
While manufacturing jobs may be a small option for some individuals the plain truth is if you have a brain and it works especially for kids in the educational system the key to survival is using it to the fullest for obtainment of more and more knowledge. If citizens of the U.S. fail to recognize this the U.S. is rapidly heading towards a welfare state that it will not be able to sustain. As Moores Law applies to education, the number one priority the U.S. has is preparing current students for this reality. The educational needs are not going to slow at this point they will only accelerate and if the U.S. fails to respond it will eventually be a failed state and the risk accelerates every couple of months as we are hurled towards the black hole of the unknown.
At this point knowledge has to be formally and informally obtained, formal education if not done right is not going to do anyone any good. However those individuals who can give themselves even a quality informal education will survive and be way ahead of the needs of society if they recognize learning is a life long endeavor and at this point a means to survival.
Here are some resources for keeping yourself flexible and ahead of the game:
There are more free online classes these are just a few.
A quick Google search of Moores Law and education brings up the following: Nothing resembling this theory yet 🙂
However judging by the number of free educational courses this is a theory that’s out there and very widely belived in to the point where educators are giving courses away for free.