ERIC Number: ED439701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Education for the Twenty-First Century: A Philosophical Perspective.
Ellsworth, James B.
In the last 25 years, the continuous acceleration of technology use in society has produced significant changes which the founders of the present public education system did not foresee. As a result, the current system is not only inadequate by modern standards, but is maladapted for the task of carrying the United States into the future, a task which proliferating technology has made critically important. This paper explores the rationale behind this assertion, describing the past--and probable future--social and economic changes undergone by society which combine to mandate the redesign of American public education, and investigate the relationship of technology, past or present, to these changes. The paper further examines the impact of such transformations on the field of education, and suggests ways in which the American educational system could meet the requirements of a changing environment. Finally, the paper considers ways in which technology itself could be used to address some of the problems that it has created, and outlines an educational agenda which could meet the demands of the 21st century. (AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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