Education for the Future: The Case for Radical Change by Philip A. Coggin

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J o s e p h N e e d h a m , M a s t e r of Gonville a n d C a i u s College, C a m b r i d g e , m a i n t a i n e d that t h i s aloofness from m a n u a l w o r k w a s n o w h e r e m o r e m a r k e d t h a n in Ancient China. T h i s a t t i t u d e to m a n u a l w o r k still s u r v i v e s t o d a y a n d h a s b e e n e x t e n d e d t o i n c l u d e s c i e n c e a n d t e c h n o l o g y in g e n e r a l . O n e of t h e o b j e c t i v e s of t h e S t u d e n t s ' r e v o l t in t h e 1960s w a s o p p o s i t i o n to t h e " b u r e a u c r a t i c t e c h n o l o g i c a l w a r f a r e s t a t e " .

M o d e r n m a n h a s m i s t a k e n p e r m i s s i v e n e s s for f r e e d o m and c o e r c i o n for d i s c i p l i n e a n d h a s g r a t e f u l l y g i v e n u p t h e fight a g a i n s t w h a t W h i t e h e a d calls " t h e repetitious m e c h a n i s m s of n a t u r e " . T e c h n o l o g y , m a n ' s a g e n t in t h e s t r u g g l e for f r e e d o m , h a s itself s u c ­ cumbed t o t h e i n e x o r a b l e w o r k i n g s of fate. H a v i n g i n v e n t e d the m a c h i n e , m a n t u r n s it i n t o a n a u t o m a t i c p i l o t a n d s u b m i t s t o its d i c t a t e s .

H u x l e y c o m p a r e s a n i m a l s to s h i p s " w h i c h a r e c o m m a n d e d b y a n u m b e r of c a p t a i n s in t u r n , e a c h s p e c i a l i s i n g in o n e k i n d of a c t i o n , a n d p o p p i n g u p a n d d o w n b e t w e e n t h e a u t h o r i t y of t h e b r i d g e a n d t h e o b s c u r i t y of t h e i r p r i v a t e c a b i n s . M a n is o n his w a y to a c h i e v i n g p e r m a n e n t u n i t y of c o m m a n d , b u t t h e c a p t a i n h a s a d i s c o n c e r t i n g w a y of dissolving into a w r a n g l i n g committee ( p .

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