I am making an admission in this eJournal entry – I have never before encountered the term knowledge society. In fact, I didn’t know that I was living in one and it was called that. I also learned that structural changes in the economy led to the reduction of the need for ‘unskilled labor’. In this society that we live in, the highly educated dominate the scene because they are the ones who are more adaptable and are more able to utilize complex technology.
Another reduction is evident in the industry and agriculture sectors. Compared to the knowledge-driven sectors, the former sectors are dwindling. This pattern is seen globally.
No matter, we still need food and other stuff in order to exist, right? Industry and agriculture are still vital, however, the highly-educated individuals now play along with those that provide manual labor especially in the creation of new products.
Let’s take the farmer as an example. He is no longer just required to do manual labor. It would be wiser in his part to also learn about management, accounting and financing. These advanced skills will make the farmer more prepared to face challenges.
Knowledge Society: Linking the Producer and the Consumer
Our knowledge society affects practically every sector, profession, and business relationships. And, yes, it does affect the industry and agriculture sectors. It also emphasizes the connections between economic growth, unique development and education.
So what is my role in this whole knowledge society concept?
I should be able to infuse knowledge and even help in updating the capital skills whether in homes, the workplace, or communities. In doing so, I will help increase productivity in the said areas. I will also become an instrument in the use of knowledge to educate a more globally competitive Filipino.
Since I am currently teaching, I can participate in the creation of new knowledge and in giving emphasis to applicable knowledge in people’s everyday lives. I can also also become a leader of transformation by supporting sustainability, diversity as well as globalism.
Fellow teachers, are you also ready to take on these roles?
New Learning: A Charter for Change in Education. (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2017, from https://education.illinois.edu/newlearning/knowledge-society.html