Lifestyles - 16 Febbraio 2018 Education in the 21st Century: Is the Idea of Culture Dead? Ask Google For today’s college students the idea of education as “culture” may be dead. Why? Maybe because rapidly changing technology keeps us looking forward instead of backward in order to keep up with it? Or maybe because our fragmented society has rejected any idea of there being a common culture to transmit. Many of the books that I used to assign even five years ago, are unreadable for today’s students.