Is technology transforming education for the better?
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WhWhat will the classroom of the future look like? Sarah Montague travels to Silicon Valley, home of the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is an online teaching service whose mission is to provide a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In Bill Gates' view, it is "a radical rethinking of what it means to go to school". With 10 million users every month logging onto their online videos, Salman Khan - the Academy's founder - is arguably.at will the classroom of the future look like? Sarah Montague travels to Silicon Valley, home of the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is an online teaching service whose mission is to provide a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In Bill Gates' view, it is "a radical rethinking of what it means to go to school". With 10 million users every month logging onto their online videos, Salman Khan - the Academy's founder - is arguably.
We have reached a stage where the amount of resources needed to sustain the human population exceeds what's available, argues Professor John Guillebaud.
Peter E. Pflaum's insight:
RadioTVShopNewsSportLocalChildrenScienceEnvironmentmore TopicshelpABC Radio NationalOckham's RazorPROGRAM HOMEPAST PROGRAMSFEATURESSUBSCRIBEABOUT USCONTACT USThere are not enough resources to support the world's populationTuesday 10 June 2014 12:42PMJohn GuillebaudIMAGE: AN OVERCROWDED TRAIN TRANSPORTS MUSLIM DEVOTEES RETURNING FROM THE WORLD MOSLEM CONGREGATION NEAR DHAKA, BANGLADESH. (MUFTY MUNIR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The world's population is now well over seven billion and growing. We have reached a stage where the amount of resources needed to sustain our population exceeds what is available, argues Professor John Guillebaud from University College London.
Many years ago, as a second year medical student, I attended a lecture on human population by my tutor at Cambridge, Colin Bertram. He argued as a biologist that relentless population increase by any species is always ultimately unsustainable; numbers increase to the limits of the carrying capacity of their environment and when they overshoot this, their numbers always collapse. If we allow unremitting population growth to continue we humans cannot escape the same fate; however cleverly we might adapt to all the different environments on earth, we only have one finite planet to live on and 70 per cent of it is salt water, and half of the remainder is desert, mountain, icecap or fast-disappearing forest.
Dr Bertram’s lecture startled me and established the direction of my medical career. I felt some guilt that doctors had inadvertently caused the population problem through vastly better death control while birth rates remained high. I decided that, as an about-to-be doctor, I should try to restore balance, and what more appropriate medical specialty could there be than family planning? So I arranged higher training in gynaecology (specialising in hormonal and intrauterine contraception) and also in surgery (hence my career total of 5000 vasectomies and ongoing research into a new male pill).
On a finite planet sustainability is not an option, it’s just a matter of how it is achieved. Will the imbalance be corrected by literally billions of deaths or by fewer births?
None of us in those days was worried specifically about climate change. As we’ve just been reminded by the
If human behavior could be scientifically established - then the 1000's of theories and special causes could be reduced to evidence based laws. (human nature) then all organized activity - education, military, business, religion, even unorganized politics and marketing, could come to common understandings of the basics, groups and tribes, old id, libido and ego and superego, leadership, science and magic, relationships - peace and war
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