Going To The Head Of The Class by James Merritt

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"GOING TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS"
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. WE LIVE TODAY IN A COUNTRY AND IN A WORLD THAT
IS LITERALLY EXPLODING WITH KNOWLEDGE, TO ZANY
THAT IS A GREAT COMFORT FOR OVER « CENTURY THE
HUMANISTIC EDUCATORS LED BY A NAN BY THE NAME OF
JOHN LEWIS HAS TOLD US THAT KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION
IS THE KEY TO UTOPIA. NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE
WORLD HAVE MORE PEOPLE KNOWN MORE THINGS ABOUT MORE
THINGS THAN TODAY.

2. LISTEN TO THESE STATISTICS FROM A BOOK ENTITLED
MEGATRENDS BY JOHN NAISBITT, THERE ARE BETWEEN
6,000 AND 7,000 SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES WRITTEN EVERY
DAY. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION NOW
INCREASES 13% PER YEAR WHICH MEANS IT DOUBLES EVERY
5 « YEARS. THE RATE HOWEVER WILL SOON JUMP TO
40% PER YEAR BECAUSE OF NEW AND POWERFUL COMPUTERS
AND AN INCREASING POPULATION OF SCIENTISTS. THAT
MEANS THAT WE ARE APPROACHING A DAY WHERE KNOWLEDGE
IS GOING TO DOUBLE EVERY 20 MONTHS. BY 1985 THE
VOLUME OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH WE HAVE WILL BE SOMEWHERE
BETWEEN 4 & 7 TIMES WHAT IT WAS ONLY A DECADE EARLIER.
THEN NAISBITT GOES ON TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT:
WE ARE DROWNING IN INFORMATION BUT STARVED FOR
KNOWLEDGE," I BELIEVE I KNOW WHAT HE MEANS BUT
I WOULD SAY IT THIS WAY. WE ARE DROWNING IN
KNOWLEDGE BUT STARVED FOR WISDOM.

4. WE ARE LIVING IN A COUNTRY OF EDUCATED FOOLS.
WE HAVE NEVER HAD MORE- COLLEGE GRADUATES AND NEVER
MORE EDUCATED IGNORANCE. WE HAVE LEARNED TO TRAVEL
FASTER THAN SOUND BUT WE ARE GOING FASTER IN THE
WRONG DIRECTION. WE HAVE ACCUMULATED PILES OF
KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN BUT WE HAVEN T
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LEARNED ANY BETTER HOW TO LIVE IN THE WORLD,
THERE IS NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS ON THE EARTH
THEN KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT WISDOM.

5. YOU SEE THERE IS A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. CHARLES SPURGEON
SAID, "WISDOM IS THE RIGHT USE OF KNOWLEDGE. TO
KNOW IS NOT TO BE WISE. MANY MEN KNOW A GREAT
DEAL AND ARE ALL THE GREATER FOOLS FOR IT. THERE
IS NO FOOL SO GREAT AS A ...


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