ERIC Number: EJ1130976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Advancing Educational Diversity: Antifragility, Standardization, Democracy, and a Multitude of Education Options
Fortunato, Michael W. P.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v12 n1 p177-187 Mar 2017
This essay is a response to a paper by Avery and Hains that raises questions about the often unintended effects of knowledge standardization in an educational setting. While many K-12 schools are implementing common core standards, and many institutions of higher education are implementing their own standardized educational practices, the question is raised about what is lost in this effort to ensure regularity and consistency in educational outcomes. One such casualty may be local knowledge, which in a rural context includes ancestral knowledge about land, society, and cultural meaning. This essay explores whether or not efforts to standardize crowd out such knowledge, and decrease the diversity of knowledge within our society's complex ecosystem--thus making the ecosystem weaker. Using antifragility as a useful idea for examining system complexity, the essay considers the impact of standardization on innovation, democracy, and the valuation of some forms of knowledge (and its bearers) above others.
Descriptors: Democracy, Standards, Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Rural Areas, Land Use, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Innovation, Teaching Methods
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