Comment on Accelerating the Future into Being

Infinitas Tue, Jul 6, 2010
I'm happy to see Maria Montessori here. Having gone through an excellent pre-school through 3rd grade Montessori program taught by some very nice Catholic nuns, it's hard to give this style enough credit. It really is remarkable how early they try to help kids begin to learn, and more importantly, want to learn on their own. It's completely open-ended learning, much like how the Internet has increased our personal yearnings for more information and knowledge. And to give you a more concrete idea of how amazing Montessori programs are, 3-4 of 15 classmates in my 1st through 3rd grade class went on to attend and graduate from Ivy League Universities with another 5 going to other top-tier colleges.

At this juncture, corporate leaders like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg, Page, and Brin — and all the other engineers operating within this mysterious algorithmic culture whose products we so eagerly adopt, should perhaps be scrutinized in the same way as we probe our politicians.

I partially disagree with this statement. I think that people like Jobs and Zuckerberg are kept in check and criticized moreso than politicians by people under the age of, say, 30. This age group is more "tech-savy" and has a more comprehensive ability and desire to watch what some of the leading tech kings are doing. While the main, "older" working class, who are more affected by political/economic decisions, are more concerned with our politicians. It's vital that the younger population takes an interest in the politics and decisions of today, which I don't think is happening to the extent that it should. This is dangerous because we cannot disregard the duties of our politicians or else they could further undermine the power of individual human beings and their spirits. But regardless of who is probed, both our corporate and political leaders need to kept in check a whole lot more.