That “education should be geared to modernisation, the world and the future” is the developmental trend of modern education and the current orientation of educational reform. After the 1980s, three major historical currents emerged in the world: peace and development, the new industrial revolution, and the ideological emancipation movement. In the historical stage of peace and development, education will become the most important industry for various countries as they seek subsistence, development and even supremacy. The new industrial revolution has been signalled by the rapid development of the intellectual industries, mainly those of education, scientific research, and information. In the process of further expanding the use of “electronic brains” (i.e. computers, lasers, genetic engineering, biological technology, superconductors and other high‐technology), the potential for “human brains” – namely the wisdom of human beings – must be further tapped and developed. Therefore research into the functions of the human brain (such as observation, memory, thinking and imagination), and into the ways and means of how best to develop its functions comprehensively, has become the new subject of theory and practice in education. Future education will certainly be international in concept.
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