Education and Culture
Development is part of the culture of the West. The history of Western culture is the story of economic development. Economic development cannot be separated from the culture of the West. But while Western education includes the technical aspects of development that are teachable, it does not include the tacit aspects of culture that are not teachable with existing methods. It does not include the tacit aspects that can only be acquired passively. Until now, this passive learning has taken place only in culture. If your culture is different, too bad, you cannot develop even if every adult in the country has a university degree.
The tacit aspects have never been part of the Western academic curriculum and are still not part of the it. Western education at all levels is missing the essential tacit elements required for development to happen. The only way to explain real development in Japan, Korea, China and their diaspora is that these cultures also automatically supply the tacit elements.
The “Secret Talisman” of Western economic success has remained a secret because it has been unknown to the West itself. That is no longer the case. The purpose of this site and the book is to demonstrate that we have found this “Talisman” and can systematically impart it to students in the university setting.
Western-style development is not part of the culture of the underdeveloped countries. Western-style development was imposed by colonialism. Western higher education, the only means for providing the missing tacit aspects, has proven useless for the purpose.
Because of education dependency, the academic curriculum of Western education is the standard for the underdeveloped countries. The implied purpose of this curriculum is to train the people of the underdeveloped countries to operate their economic and social system to meet the development objectives of the Western model in which they live.
The essential tacit aspects of Western development that are missing in the academic curriculum is the reason why university graduates do not generally display the same managerial and entrepreneurial skills that expatriates do. It is the reason why education has failed to make development happen.
Western education cannot teach what it does not know and can’t identify. Intellectual dependency has ensured that the unidentifiable parts of the Western economic model have remained hidden, not only to the West but to people everywhere. We have found this hidden element and devised the means to impart it to students in the university so that real development can finally begin.
Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr.