The Uberazation of Education

Dictionary.com defines uber as

adverb
1.  having the specified property to an extreme or excessive degree; very:
an uber fancy restaurant.

adjective

2. designating a person or thing that exceeds the norms or limits of its kind or class:
uber intellectuals

Uber, as used in this post and its title, is not the dictionary definition.  Instead, think in terms of the app driven transportation system (pun intended).

Alison McDowell of a Wrench in the Gears recently brought a great video to my attention.  When I started watching it, I realized I had watched it last year.  I went ahead and watched it again as a refresher and am glad I did.  Or maybe not so glad.  The two presenters lay out some concerning information.  You may not necessarily agree with the politics of Robert McChesney and John Nichols or everything they say but their presentation is certainly worth paying attention to.  You can watch the video of their presentation here.

The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy

Okay, it is a long video but it is well worth the time it will take to hear it all even if you do it like I sometimes do—ten minutes at times when I can.  If you aren’t going to watch the whole thing from beginning to end, start watching at about the 1:02:06 mark.  Listen to the question related to Personalized Learning that is asked and to the whole response to the question.  The response lays out the Uberazation of Education and ties into the future of the teaching profession.  Uber is also featured earlier in the presentation but not in the context of education.

Within the first ten minutes of the presentation, a projection of a jobless economy is laid out.  In my eyes, there is a major disconnect or incongruity with this.  The powers/forces driving this are one flip of the switch away from putting us into the jobless economy as described and I would venture to say they know it only too well.  On the one hand, that may explain why they are okay with dismantling our education system and providing our students with a non-education.  It does not explain why they keep priming the pump for the workforce pipeline.  A workforce pipeline for a jobless economy doesn’t make sense.  It must make sense to someone, most likely someone standing to financially benefit well from it.

The two presenters seem to think we will make it through all of this okay.  And maybe we will, one way or another.  One of them gives indication we will make it through just fine because of knowledge.  And that sounds great and reasonable as our saving grace but how does that work with a population provided with a knowledge-less education?

Time and time again, I read about the need to educate students for the 21st Century and prepare them for, as of yet, unknown jobs since we don’t know what the jobs of the future will be.  If things play out, we will be preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist and may never exist if we end up with the predicted jobless economy.  What kind of education does that take?  A knowledge-less and skill-less one?  Is this a set up that will lead to anarchy?

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