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ERIC Number: EJ832326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
The Five Minds for the Future
Gardner, Howard
School Administrator, v66 n2 p16-21 Feb 2009
At the start of the third millennium, people are well-attuned to considerations of the future. In citing the future, the author refers to trends whose existence is widely acknowledged: the increasing power of science and technology; the interconnectedness of the world in economic, cultural and social terms; and the incessant circulation and intermingling of human beings of diverse backgrounds and aspirations. As one who has witnessed discussions of the future all over the world, the author can attest that belief in the power of education, for good or for ill, is omnipresent. However, there is little difficulty in seeing education as an enterprise--indeed the enterprise--for shaping the mind of the future. In this article, the author discusses five minds for the future: (1) the disciplined mind; (2) the synthesizing mind; (3) the creating mind; (4) the respectful mind; and (5) the ethical mind. He also discusses how schools can cultivate and integrate these five ways of thinking to empower the education enterprise and to equip today's students for tomorrow's unknowns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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