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ERIC Number: ED355171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Learning Society.
Senesh, Lawrence
The current efforts to reform U.S. education are misguided because they place increased burdens on the schools and ignore the total learning environment. The majority of youth step out of school into an intellecutal vacuum of no feedback and no enrichment. The home, the school, and the community must be involved in a holistic way with education, out of which a Learning Society will evolve. The building of a Learning Society consists of two major steps: a commitment to a set of values and the development of a communication network within the schools and between the schools, the parents, and the community at large. The values of a Learning Society include lifelong learning and the creation of a society in which education is interwoven with the social, political, and economic fabric. Education becomes not a system in itself but rather a responsibility of the entire society. The network to be developed in the Learning Society is called the Citizens' Alliance. It is a volunteer organization composed of about 60 representatives of the homes, schools, and community and charged with carrying out a number of tasks, among which are: (1) to organize dialogues on short-range and long-range educational goals as well as intergenerational dialogues between high school students and senior scholars; (2) to initiate the preparation of community profiles; i.e., concise descriptions of the natural, social, and cultural system of the community written by students; (3) to be a clearinghouse for learning innovation; and (4) to organize ongoing dialogues on strengthening the continuum of the K-12 curriculum. Other aspects developed in a Learning Society include value awareness, social reality awareness, problem awareness, system awareness, and historical awareness. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A