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ERIC Number: ED412950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
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Living and Learning in the Global Village.
Burdenuk, Gene
This paper discusses some of the promises and pitfalls confronting education in the Information Age. It explores the business motivation that drives the education agenda, examines what some futurists call "the end of the job," and identifies four themes that could help transform education as the millennium approaches. Critical literacy, connectivity, a civil society, and critical multiculturalism can foster an educational system that could resolve economic, cultural, and social inequities. The information highway offers unprecedented opportunities for educators to create collaborative learning environments that will stimulate critical thinking skills and academic excellence among all students. Collaborative critical inquiry changes the nature of knowing from regurgitating and recalling information to defining and posing problems, locating, retrieving, using, and communicating information. Schools and teachers must establish connections with the communities they serve and form partnerships that can establish classrooms as places where students, teachers, and parents can gain glimpses of a society that is just for all. As the whole nature of work changes, and as there is a shift from a market economy driven by consumption and profit to one that attends to societal benefit, it is possible to create a civil society based on true social justice. The problems in schools and society will not be resolved until people learn to work together across gender, class, and race. True equity will be achieved only when people restructure their curricular and pedagogical approaches, and their own attitudes. (Contains 33 references.) (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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