Talk:Alvin Toffler

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  • You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
  • The future always arrives too fast, and in the wrong order.
  • The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
    • This appears to be a paraphrase of Toffler's own words and of Toffler quoting Herbert Gerjuoy's words in Future Shock, on p. 414:
By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education.
        Psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy of the Human Resources Research Organization phrases it simply: "The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a new direction—how to each himself. Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn."
--Hughh (talk) 18:16, 30 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]