Our Design Futures class is in the midst of creating several abstracts that fit within four different types of worlds. My group chose “low educational quality with low financial and social success of the south” as our world. The following abstract combines several drivers: decline of personal privacy, introduction of new classes, rising sea levels, rise of apprenticeship models in education.
"Education is different in the south, as ordered by the US govt. In other regions, education is for problem solving generalists/business designers/and leaders. The south is for people who want to become specialists in a certain field (The creation of workers (modern slaves) to help with unemployment) Its no longer about racism but now about regionalism. Texas succeeded 10 years prior and are now the scariest people in North America, and the south uses this to their advantage. The south cannot afford other regional tech so they are forced to begin creating their own tech that is ‘underground’ and not regulated by the Govt. Texas and the south trade tech secrets and resources as Southern education begins introducing critical thinking back into the system, unbeknownst to Govt. This creates pressure to revolt against other regions, but the south is stuck as to what they will do if they win the revolution, and Texas sure as hell doesn’t want them. How will education play a part in this economical condition?
This story will be led by Isabel, a boyish 12 year old who is seen as an adult to those around her. She has a boyfriend in Louisiana who is a techie that works with Texans to trade secrets, and a girlfriend who works as a virtual prostitute in Atlanta. This triad relationship and the important characters introduced throughout her education is the social support structure Isabel needs in order to begin asking the right questions that will help push the southern region into a revolution.”