Tuesday, 21 July 2009

The Future of Education

My morning ritual after checking the inbox is to read through my rss feeds to keep up with my professional reading. This one is a MUST READ 

“ There are many startling statements and predictions that can be read in different ways. But one of the most astonishing things is the similarity of many arguments made by McLuhan in 1967 to those still made today, 42 years later:

  • that schools are as outmoded as the mass production model on which they are based; and that forms of “mass customization” promise a radically different educational approach
  • that "the demands, the very nature of this age of new technology and pervasive electric circuitry... will [unavoidably] shape education's future"
  • that “the walls between school and world will continue to blur”
  • that "Future educators will value, not fear, fresh approaches, new solutions."

Are McLuhan's statements prescient, premature, preposterous, or all of the above? What does this say about current predictions? Decide for yourself.”
From the blog of Norm Friesen.


image For another thought provoking read Leigh’s latest post on myths of social media, open education.

  • “So my question is this: What is it REALLY that is causing the teacher disengagement from something so apparently important to the meaning of literacy, teaching and access to learning? Why does it seem that the world's greatest encyclopedia, the most phenomenal video library and the most in depth access to first hand experience is made up by everyone except those wrapped up in the education system?”

Check out the rest of Leigh’s article also Scary School Nightmare video here.

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