Millions of people across the world are deprived of education? Why?
Cost of course.
With increased populations comes the need for sophisticated social systems, which include health, education and welfare as the main cost areas. As the number of people increases the theory is that a critical mass of working individuals will create enough taxable income for the society - as managed by Governments, to pay for health, education and welfare.
No doubt the last 100 years of this regime, certainly in developed economies, has seen millions move out of poverty and hardship. Not many people in the "West" can now be said to be worse off than their Victorian or Edwardian counterparts, however - try telling those on the lowest levels that!
You see we live in an age that saw significant prosperity through the 20th Century - despite us spending several years trying to obliterate each other in war after war. Despite this standard of living has increased dramatically since the 1950's, mainly as a result of technology, consumerism and globalisation.
This has been fine, and certainly the opportunities for the last 2 or 3 generations have never been greater in the history of mankind. Opportunities born out of the Welfare State, Women's Equality, Education for All and Healthcare policies that now see average life expectancy's double that of 100 years ago. All quite incredible when you look at the time frame humans have done this in.
The "equalisation" of this phenomenon whereby less developed nations now want a piece of this for themselves is inevitable. It is here we see the effects of modern global policies of western governments as they try to "manage" poorer nations, either by limiting internal growth i.e Africa or trying to control a country or regions development i.e the middle east. it is any wonder we have "trouble hot spots" and increasing numbers in "economic migration".
But we digress. The fact is people simply want the best for themselves and their families - this is where nation states stem from. These same states then build welfare systems for themselves, based on the "type" of people they want in their country - even down to the workers they need. So, as a direct result of this, education systems are funded with the sole purpose of perpetuating workers, who then create taxes and the cycle continues. Take a look at Carnegie and his true motives.
This is all fine of course until the number of jobs - or more importantly the wages those jobs can pay - falls below the level people need to feel "comfortable". This shift is what we are going through in the early 21st century. The vast majority of people in developed nations may well be "better off" in the sense they have good living standards, but they are in fact becoming modern day slaves to the system. This is the case whether you are employed or self employed - all you have to do is figure out how many months of the year you are "working" to pay ONLY the taxes levied on your efforts by your government.
So back to the question. If we are all working in jobs that are reducing in their monetary return to the average individual, why is the cost of education increasing? Why is that?
On the face of it, it is quite simple.... developed nation governments are broke. The wealth generated in the past 300 years - mainly through the denigration of other nations (think slavery, hostile take overs, wars, religious zeal) by the way - has now been well and truly spent. So where is the money to come from the pay for living standards we have become used to?
Well, increased taxes of course. Oh, but that is not all.... it is no coincidence the money men saw the writing on the wall over 100 years ago when they realised there was nowhere left to pillage. So what did they do? They changed the way money is generated, they began the process of taking money off the gold standard, they took fiat money to another level (think Bank of England and it's child, the FED Reserve) and then, to top it off, they began to lend this fractional reserve money to nations who needed it to go to war. The sucker punch for us all over the past 100 years is that they "lent" this paper money to BOTH sides to double their profits. Hard to believe?.... go look up where the Rothchilds and Morgan families made their fortunes.
Jees.... I digress again. The point here is that Governments now rely on debt to exist, debt paid for through taxation, and taxation raised through "workers" generating wages for companies. Companies who make income through sales of good and services that are sold to the same workers. The populations of developed nations have been feeling prosperous since the companies were able to get "things" made in China and other low wage countries since the 1960's. In other words we have enjoyed "cheap" goods that have held inflation down, despite the endless printing of paper money in the same fiat system that has funded every war since the Crimea. The trouble is that these "cheap" imported goods are now increasing in cost as the low wages of developing nations are increasing. So what is going to happen? Well, the only thing that can happen... the cost of living will increase in the West. But if we are already broke and we are being taxed in excess of our perceived standard of living, how will be we afford the way we live today? Exactly - how?
So, you see the reason education now costs so much is because we are at the foothills of massive change in how developed nations exist. Kids are still told, get a good education, get a good job and you will be fine.... er No! For one the education they are getting is designed for a time when people were needed to make stuff or provide services to others in their local economy. That is no longer the case - we don't make stuff in the West (certainly to the levels needed to support a tax paying workforce) and services are becoming increasingly automated (the initial bi-product of this being falling wages - aka zero hour contracts, in the end the jobs will go altogether). So why oh why do we keep "educating" our kids to walk into jobs that won't exist? Even worse why are we force feeding them debt to get useless education to get jobs that won't be able to pay them enough to pay that debt, let alone pay any taxes or have any left for them to live?
Why are we doing this? The optimist might say - "well you need education no matter what so let's push on and hope for the best", the more pessimistic might say "western society has run into a corner...no apparent availability of a major war to generate money, more educated populous, reducing taxation income due to lower wages, over reliance in consumerism and lower prices, increasing costs of once "cheap" goods, increasing aspirations and education in developing nations". In other words the governments of developed nations do not have an answer... all they can do is rob Peter to pay Paul in ever decreasing circles of "populist vote" cycles until one day - pop!
Poor kids I say.... the next couple of generations are going to be hell for those insistent on the status quo, "it will be ok", bury my head in the sand brigade (an increasing breed unfortunately as procrastination and entitlement is a weapon society uses to maintain order and subservience).
Add to this the inevitable path to automation and singularity where computers, robots and nano technology will eliminate people from work altogether and you have a real problem.
Or do you? If horses could talk they would tell stories of obliteration of their species when the motor car arrived, how their kind would never recover and the sky was falling in. I see humans going through the exact same period in coming years. The unprepared will go out to farrow and never be seen again, the prepared will become race horses.
But we can't all become race horses can we - no we can't, but we can position ourselves to support and service them. What do you mean? Think about it. If you work today you are used to "serving" others, in other words working for a boss. It will be no different in the future - other than you will be serving others in a digital economy. What do you mean?
Look, there are now over 7 Billion (yes with a B) people on this planet.... every one of them with aspirations, problems, fears, joys, time and money (on some level). At least 3 Billion of them are now "connected" via the world wide web. So?
Well, what you have to understand is that you will not be best positioned living your life restricted to local or even national economies in the future.... you will in fact be making a living serving thousands of "others" (as opposed to one boss). To do this you need to shift you understanding of Education.
Ok, Ok.... so I get why education is so expensive right now - not only expensive, but highly inefficient, some might say even redundant. But isn't it expensive to tap into education that prepares me for serving thousands of people and companies all over the world? In a word, right now, NO it most definitely is not. In fact, you can get started with the basics for Free - today.
Really? But won't it be piss poor education if it's Free.... no, it won't, the only reason it is free is because we are at a time in the cycle where we need numbers. Numbers that will help us spread the word in how important it is for everyone to wake up to what is going on and skill up to avoid what is about to happen to them and their families (in fact for many it has already started, we are just not noticing yet as societies defence mechanisms kick in... evasive media, soap operas, sporting events and national holidays).
Enough writing and reading..... we get into the detail once you are signed up (its free), to one of the platforms we use.... Tecademics. Head over there now, take a look and don't say I didn't warn you if you chose to ignore this post. See you over there here.
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