Taking a break from my “job” as an Uber driver (Uber and Lyft, actually) and reading Dark Horse by Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas, I feel compelled to share a bit. The following is transcribed without permission. But since I am asking to be a public figure, and I am in the business of regulation of our education system, I reckon it will be allowed. So, here goes:
From Dark Horse, by Rose and Ogas, page 214:
Since the dawn of the Age of Standardization, anti-standardization critics were in much the same position as anti-war critics: condemning the obvious evils of the phenomenon and demanding its swift termination, without specifying any practical means for doing so. Throughout the twentieth century, you could say the same thing about standardization as a form of social organization that Winston Churchill famously said about democracy as a form of political organization: It’s the worst — except for all the others. There simply wasn’t any feasible economy, science, and technology to get the job done.
But the Age of Personalization offers the first real chance to change everything.
So far, we usually think of personalization as iPhones, Facebook, and video-on-demand, as gadgets that make it easier for us to express ourselves, find things we like, and customize our environment to suit our tastes. But the real promise of personalization is something so much larger. It is how we move from a negative-sum game of excellence to a positive-sum game of excellence. It is how we move from a universe where the Sun revolves around the Earth to a universe where the Earth revolves around the Sun.
Okay, that last sentence is a little over-the-top, but the authors describe a democratic meritocracy that allows for “a gig economy populated by contractors, freelancers, and other free agents.” They note that “we need a diverse, flexible, and personalized economy in order to provide opportunities for the expansive variety of excellence generated by a democratic meritocracy.”
While I would like to transcribe the whole book, that would take too long, and I have to get back behind the wheel of my American-made Acura MDX. I wholeheartedly recommend Dark Horse, and not simply because that is the most appropriate way to describe our candidacy for the United States Senate in January 2020 A.D.