ERIC Number: EJ791527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Creating a Whole New World
Houston, Paul D.
School Administrator, v65 n3 p36-40 Mar 2008
Over the past several decades, schools have become the "farm system" for corporate America and the holistic aspect of education has been overrun by concerns for America's place in the global market. This has led to a distortion of understanding about what is true and what is important about education and how it is delivered. At times over the last half century, schools have been criticized for limiting America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Today there is rising angst about the emergence of China and India as world economies and once again there are fears the United States is falling behind these economic behemoths. Schools again are targeted as the culprits of America's supposed failure to compete. And, as usual, the pundits have it all wrong. It is not the schools, it is the culture. In this article, the author stresses that what children are taught to value comes largely from popular culture and what schools emphasize is shaped by the economic culture of America. The result is a generation of children who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The author suggests that school leaders and educators need to spend less time on identifying what children do not know and more time celebrating what they do know. They need to find ways to build upon these strengths to help the children learn what else they may need to be successful in their own lives and productive citizens for the world. He also emphasizes the use of arts education (and American pop culture) to produce successful global citizens.
Descriptors: Values, Popular Culture, Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Creativity, Global Approach, Futures (of Society), Competition, Art Education, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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