Education Today. The Rising East.

“Two roads diverged in the woods, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
and the one that has made all the difference.”

The world is changing; it is changing fast. We are looking at and preparing for jobs and problems that don’t even exist. This is the era of communication. 7 billion humans inhabit the earth today and they face problems that did not exist about a decade ago. The postulates of Darwin’s theories are proving themselves. Struggle for existence; Survival of the fittest. Today, my nationality or my background doesn’t count. What counts is my intellect and intelligence.

You probably know about The Matrix. If not, I hope you know about the red pill/blue pill metaphor. If you know neither, then you certainly need to wake up and read this article.

“If you take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. If you take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I will show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

The Matrix

I hope you’ll take the red pill.

When I say that we are living in exponential times, I mean it literally. The technical information is doubling every two years. That means for a student starting a four year degree, more than half of what he learns in the first year will be outdated by the third. The amount of unique data to be generated this year is estimated to be more than what has been generated in the past 5,000 years. We are preparing for jobs that don’t even exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented. We are preparing to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet. According to Richard Riley, the former secretary of education, U.S.A, the top 10 most desired jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004!

The inventor of any technology enjoys success. Success today is un-biased. Cast, creed, sex, religion, color, nationality, et al don’t matter. What matters is your idea. In order to communicate your innovative idea to the world you need leadership qualities. You need to be absolutely analytical about development and try to use it for your own benefit. Hence, for survival in today’s exponential and competitive times, these skills are very necessary.

Why is it that even after the humungous labor-surplus in the East, the West, till date, is regarded as more developed? Quite simple, because of the presence of intellect and innovation. Why it is that now the East is getting the upper hand? Even simpler, the presence of diligence and the ability to learn faster. The center of world economy is now shifting from the west to the east. From Europe and America to India and China, the trade and knowledge hub of the world is shifting.

The average American teenager spends 700 hrs in the classroom and 800 hrs in front of the idiot box, every year. The average Indian teenager spends 700+800 hrs in the class room, every year. In a recent speech, American president Barrak Obama addressed the American teenagers-‘Beware, the Indians and Chinese are coming.’

China or the revolutionary land of Mao, if I may say so, is taking the lead in the global revolution, we are experiencing now. 25% of people with high IQ in are more in number than the whole population of United States of America. This implies, China has more than double, intelligent children than America. China will soon be the number one English speaking nation. Therefore the notion that China is inaccessible is fundamentally flawed. China’s history is a proof of the great nation’s rise and rise. The country’s laws and development schemes are the best that one can come across. It is because of great and ambitious leaders like Mao, that the country is now one of the superpowers of the world. Although, the country has had rigid and strict ideologies, they always pushed it up the ladder.

So, now with the facts and path of the immediate future of mankind, I leave you to absorb the article.

This is the end of the rabbit hole. Welcome to Wonderland!

Anshuman Dandriyal