Makarov A.I. Mass Distance Learning as a Global Social Experiment to Divide People

Andrey I. Makarov
Doctor of Sciences (Philosophy), Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Volgograd State University
Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation
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Abstract. The article analyzes the problems of education that have worsened during the crisis associated with the pandemic. This is a large complex of problems that threaten not only the development, but also the existence of the education system in Russia. These are methodological problems: the lack of methods and the necessary material and technical base for the implementation of the distance format of mass education. The problems of forming the motivational potential of participants in the educational process, which is very relevant in the conditions of the beginning of the degradation of the education system under the pressure of its bureaucratization. This is a problem of increasing the volume of independent work of students and schoolchildren, which is not provided for by the methods of full-time education. The author draws on Nassim Taleb's concept of "the dictatorship of the small minority". Nassim Taleb claims that the theory of "the dictatorship of the small minority" is quite applicable to such a social institution as science. The minority dictatorship promotes the expanded accelerated digitalization of the education system. This entails stimulating the transformation of society, the transition from an individualized society to a dividualized society. Distance learning should be only a part of education and should be introduced very carefully at the last stages of higher education and in the system of additional education. This thesis is proved in this article. The author concludes that ignoring the problems discussed in the article can lead to a catastrophe of the education system in Russia.
Key words: philosophy of education, pandemic, distant learning, crisis, individualized society.

Citation. Makarov A.I. Mass Distance Learning as a Global Social Experiment to Divide People. Logos et Praxis, 2021, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 31-35. (in Russian). DOI:

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