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Please enjoy the following review of a book about a new idea for university education.
The Problem: “The problem of persistent underdevelopment has only one cause. It is the failure of university education to fulfill the promise to underdeveloped countries that it provides more than technical training. The consistent failure of university education to provide graduates with the ability to perform as effectively as expatriates from the West and from the developed countries of Asia is the single cause of underdevelopment.
These countries now have an army of university graduates. Yet, they continue to wait for development to begin at some unknown future date. The university education received has been good mostly for technical skills which still needs to be supervised by somebody else.”
I wondered who made this claim, and what his expertise was to qualify him to make it. Here is some information about the author:
Born in Nigeria, Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr. left for college in Texas in 1982 and has lived in Austin ever since.
A new big idea about how education actually works and how to bring real development to the rest of the world has finally been developed.
“I stumbled on this discovery decades ago, after years of working as a freelance research assistant in the Austin, Texas area. I realized that this is what marked the difference between education that could make the university graduate an effective manager, no matter the area of specialization, and education that merely promised to do so. It was the difference between the disorder of the world in which we live, and one where every country can be as developed as the western nations.
But I was not an academic, and I’m still not one. This meant I couldn’t pursue the new ideas full time. Nevertheless, I spent much of my free time researching and substantiating these ideas. However, the demands of making a living in a business that is unrelated, and the demands of family made it a never ending project.
Meanwhile, 9-11 happened, then the Arab Spring, then ISIS. In all these events, I believe my ideas had an important role to play. I believe they provide the essential but missing narrative in these events as well as in many others. The new ideas provide the answer to a lot of questions.
In 2015, after the loss of my father and younger sister, I realized I may never have the time to present the ideas in the 5 volumes I had always planned. At the same time, I also realized that the solution was more important than the presentation or its length. I then proceeded to write down my key ideas in 1 short volume, using language that is accessible to the casual reader. I now have a book ready!
I’m in the process of presenting the contents of the book on Humanrethink.net, broadcasting them as much as I can, taking on all challengers, and raising funds to begin implementation anywhere on the planet.
But first, I need to get the ideas out there. I’m hoping this book tour will help.”
THE REVIEW, by Mary Blowers:
When I read this book, I was surprised to realize that I had experienced some of the author’s same thoughts. You see, I have a high IQ, but I never finished college. I just couldn’t settle on a major that would a) make my parents happy, secure in the knowledge I could take care of myself, and b) become a passion and be something that would make me love to go to work each day. I found myself, years later, thinking that I should just learn everything from other sources. I could learn foreign languages on the internet. There are YouTubes to teach you about life and how to run a business, and much of this knowledge can be had for free! Why should I have to sit through weeks of math classes, when I really just want to write books?
The Failure of University Education proposes that rather than teaching skills and data, universities teach resonance, which as far as I can tell is a sort of resourcefulness, flexibility and coordination hybrid. This means that if something fails to go as planned, employees trained this way will find workarounds and plan Bs. Not to play devil’s advocate, but it reminds me of homeschooling in the US. Homeschoolers,learn social skills and life skills in addition to their math and science. But it might well make people better able to handle the unexpected.
Odunsi’s Website: www.HumanRethink.net
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