In the 21st century, the proliferation, inculcation and development of knowledge are at the core of modern life. This means that education is fundamentally important and lies at the center of any society's progression. The improvement of the process and methods involved in it would also have a significant trickle-down effect on how advanced a society is and how much of its potential is actualized. Ultimately, this is dependent on how well individuals who undergo the educational system are developed. The refinement of their talents, the acquisition of skills and the holistic honing of the person are the hallmarks of an advanced society. It can also be argued that the great civilizations and cultures of the past were equally concerned with the same.
In the 21st century new and more potent means of educating members of society are being sought out by educators and educational institutions. A viable method can be social engineering. It has the usual aspects of responding to human behavior and tendencies so that individuals will be compelled to perform acts or pursue goals that may not necessarily be theirs but may be good for them. This is the case when brilliant students do not want to undertake a path that will maximize his or her potential this can be utilized to persuade the said person otherwise. Granted, this is a form of manipulation but in many ways education in general is of the same nature.
The cornerstone of social engineering is that it uses a considerable amount of insight into the human, psyche, behavior and tendencies to direct individuals to undertake certain activities or entertain particular thoughts. Both of which may be for an objective that is known only the person employing the methodology but not the subject. Furthermore, in the mind of the same he or she is motivated by personal interest but unknown to him or her that this is also consistent with the interest of another. This can lie at the core of an elaborate teaching method. The levels of application for this set of techniques are boundless. However, generally, it will be potent since it would affect students on the level of their own consciousness.
This is important given the current culture and social environment students are immersed in. They exist in a realm full of distractions and forces that compete for their attention and involvement. Apparent external methods of inculcating in them knowledge and making them learn in the same manner no longer achieves the same measure of success as in the past. Modern education needs to respond to the changes in the status quo. That response lies with social engineering. By directly tapping into the student's consciousness and motivating him or her to learn a particular matter or pursue specific knowledge the external distractions are negated. This implies that he or she can learn more and become more educated. The distractions still exist, but their appeal is diluted and the students' interests are implicitly directed to more constructive and education means. This outlines the place and value of social engineering in modern education.