In the Agrarian Age, when farming the land was the primary work for the society (as it still in many parts of the world), contributing to society meant learning how to grow food for more than your family. Passing on the knowledge, tradition, and crafts of rural life to your children was an essential survival need.
In the Industrial Age, when the population dramatically shifted from farm to city – rural urban migration – and work moved from the fields to the factories, education played new roles in society. Typically, men had one or two career paths: working in a trade factory or clerical job, or becoming a manager, administrator, or professional if they could make the grade. Women’s choices were, of course, far fewer.
This brings us to our time, our recently arrived Knowledge Age.
Technology is more a part of our children’s lives each day. Why should they have to check their technology at the classroom door and compete for limited school computer time?
The world is full of engaging, real-world challenges, problems, and questions. Why do teachers spend so much time on disconnected questions at the end of a textbook chapter?
Doing projects on something one cares about comes naturally to all learners. Why are learning projects so scarce inside so many classrooms?
Innovation and creativity are so important to the future success of our economy. Why do schools spend so little time on developing creativity and innovation skills?
My blog shares my experiences and sentiments for the 21st Century Education, Life and Work.
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