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ERIC Number: ED324407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Distance Education and the Transformation of Schooling. Living and Learning in the Information Age.
Ohler, Jason
Education in the United States desperately needs new tools, new approaches to learning, and new educational contexts more in touch with the world as students will experience it after leaving school. Changes of this magnitude require a fresh perspective that allow society to travel familiar territory with a renewed identity and idealism. Distance education provides such a perspective. In its most positive application, it is used to cross difficult physical and social boundaries; reach minorities, high risk learners, and the handicapped; and equalize opportunity for the nation's disenfranchised. At its worst, it uses its incredible power to reach large numbers to reinforce old standards and misconceptions and propagate new ones. In both cases it incorporates the techniques and technologies that seem unnatural in typical classroom settings and yet are part of the everyday environment students will encounter after graduation. But distance education is more than just another attempt by the education community to silence its critics. It is a step in social evolution, an imaginative and yet practical attempt by society to invest itself with the survival skills needed in a highly competitive world that increasingly values the educated, cooperative, and technologically competent citizen. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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