Sunday, September 11, 2005

Re: Recipes for Economic Development

Anonymous, t and Ogo, you’ve raised interesting points there. Education is key. I believe though that the society has to be science oriented in it's education. The science of now is the technology of tomorrow or after now. Nevertheless, in having a science oriented educated society, very special focus has to be on engineering education, because it's when one engineers or is engineering that technology is born. Technology is the bedrock of any economically developed society.


Busayo Michael Oluwagbemi said...

Developing society is not devoid of people with ideas or academic qualifications..what they need are entrepeneurs - the kinds that have put India, Brazil and China on the path of rapid development and stability. Technology that will leave the pages of doctoral thesis to the silicon-valley like Basement that churned the kind of Larry Elison, Bill Gates and various technology and bio-tech moguls of the 90s. Indeed the establishment of a financial system of low interest loans, venture capitalism, and market oirented economy are necessary for this outcome. The security of lives and properties as well as rule of law cannot also be ignored towards creating succesful commercial enterprise.

t said...

Some Thoughts Concerning Education is a 1693 treatise on education written by the English philosopher John Locke. For over a century, it was the most important philosophical work on education in Britain. It was translated into almost all of the major written European languages during the eighteenth century, and nearly every European writer on education after Locke, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, acknowledged its influence. In his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke outlined a new theory of mind; he contended that the child's mind was a tabula rasa or "blank slate," that is, it did not contain any innate ideas. Some Thoughts Concerning Education explains how to educate that mind using three distinct methods: the development of a healthy body; the formation of a virtuous character; and the choice of an appropriate academic curriculum. Locke originally wrote the letters that would eventually become Some Thoughts for an aristocratic friend, but his advice had a broader appeal, since his educational principles allowed women and the lower classes to aspire to the same kind of character as the aristocrats for whom Locke originally intended the work. (more...courtesy Wikipedia)

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