THE NEW SUB-CULTURE OF EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

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Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor, The Business Thinker; Founder and former CEO JPIndustries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation. CV Click here

Our educational systems, and institutions for development of our people, have not caught up with many of the changes which I have described in prior articles herein due to technological advancements.

While skills such as math and science competency seem to be a prerequisite for life looking ahead in the 21st century, this is not a view that is shared yet by many institutions of education.

At the same time that we need cognitive skills, we also need people who can respond to change and who know how to think and adapt.

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THE SOCIETY CHANGES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

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Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor, The Business Thinker; Founder and former CEO JPIndustries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation.
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We live in a century in which many of the old cultures and societies that have been successful under the old technologies and cultural norms are falling by the wayside.   Already there have been dramatic shifts in economic wealth, both within and across nation states.   The cost of failure, which in many ways will be equivalent to the inability to adapt to technological change, will be significant.

There is still some debate about how the new changes in technology will affect some of the more prevalent twentieth century ideologies.   For example, will the new technologies and associated cultural changes support or retard the growth of the liberal democracies? Or, will the vision of George Orwell be realized, with a technology-induced return to a world-wide authoritarian state? Obviously, all the data are not in, and will not be in for another seventy-five years or so.

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CHANGES IN THE SUB-CULTURE OF PRODUCTION WORK

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Dr. John Psarouthakis,
Executive Editor, The Business Thinker; Founder and former CEO JPIndustries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation.
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The new entrepreneurial company will not be the only locus for major changes in organizational sub-culture.   We are already seeing dramatic changes on the manufacturing shop floor of companies that are literally decades of years old. The new computerized technologies, the existence of internal networks of information exchange, as well as the advent of telecommunications technology, has made the old hierarchical and function-based organization obsolete. The new manufacturing plant or enterprise is becoming much “flatter”, with significantly more interaction across previously separate functions and groups. There has began to give much more power to groups such as work teams, where managers play more of the role of facilitator and liaison with other units, as opposed to parent or king.

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