The answer to America’s problems does not reside within its political machinery

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD
5 min readDec 19, 2020

Business schools in the United States of America are shutting in-residence MBA programs. Students in American High Schools increasingly are faring worse in Mathematics.

Mathematics is guardian of rationality.

Absent mathematics, man would continue to believe that the sun revolves around our planet Earth. It was mathematics that convinced the Wright Brothers that a machine conceivably could be made to fly — all they had to figure out was how exactly to design the contraption for overcoming of force of gravity. If America progressively is doing worse in mathematics, this implies atrophy of cognition in respect of what is feasible in the future, as such, feasibility of embarkment not on the right paths, but on the wrong paths — the paths that, figuratively, declare impossibility of a contraption that can fly. In presence of stated feasibility, that is, embarkment on wrong paths, clearly the future of America cannot be said not to be under threat. Presence of a threat is magnified by the fact that the teaching of mathematics in American High Schools now centers around applications of formulas — a recipe for capacity for memorization that does not do much for cognitions — that is, capacity for inferring that which is not obvious, the source of all truly innovative outcomes and progress within any society.

Cognitions are at their best when they are attuned to inferring of the non-obvious that constitutes progress for the future.

Business schools are supposed to be bastions for the teaching of rational decision making that is cognizant of behaviors of economic agents. In this respect, in-residence MBA programs emphasize importance of discussions, collaboration, and teams for effectiveness of functioning of business decision making and governance. The switch to virtual learning clearly is not advantageous to most robust functioning of MBA programs. We arrive then at constraining of what ought to be one of the most fertile contexts for enhancement of cognitions of current and future leaders in business and governance.

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos