Like Buckminster Fuller said:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
How can we change the model if we don’t have the knowledge and tools to change it?
Douglas Rushkoff made an interesting point with his book Program or be Programmed – TEN COMMANDS FOR A DIGITAL AGE, about the use of technology in our digital age.
He says: The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilisation. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”
Hear his statement in the video above.
In 1986 I had computer lessons at highschool, in Quilmes, Argentina. We had DOS programming and another system I can’t remember twice a week for two years. Perhaps that’s why I’m handy with computers…
But seriously, I can’t understand why education about operating systems was taken out of the school curriculum. Why are our kids still learning (almost) the same stuff that we learned at school? It is strange that we are not teaching our kids the language of the future. I don’t believe we all have to become programmers, but like Rushkoff said, we need to understand at least that there are other languages and be more familiar with them, to be able to choose between created systems or to further developing them and creating new ones.
I do believe we need to transfer more technology knowledge to the new generations. Not isolated but together with other knowledge which is important for the challenges of future generations: like food, health, spirituality, sustainability. But it is clear that language of technology and operating systems is an important part of the future.
How can we give our kids more tools to change our systems into more humans and integrated ones?
There is much to do! And we are still in time!