ERIC Number: EJ901241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Technology and Value Systems
DeCarlo, C. R.
Educational Technology, v50 n5 p55-57 Sep-Oct 2010
Everyone is living in a time in which science and technology have become pervasive and have caused the world of "nature" to be removed from one's direct senses. The rhythms of the world are beat to the cycle of machines rather than the circling of the sun. One feels the distance between old rituals grounded in myth and nature and the new and man-created reality of the city. The steady accumulation of technical accomplishment changes the environment of one's value systems. Everyone is in the modern technological society, and institutions derived from earlier ages change under the stress of its continuous shaping and reshaping. This article discusses five aspects of the technological society and stresses that the existence of a technological society places an intense premium upon the articulation of central and basic values against a background of a continuously changing future. The conservative traditions of religion and education must assume primacy, to guarantee humaneness in the emergent society and preserve the finest human values which man has distilled from his history. These values are simply stated but extremely difficult to attain, the first being the integrity of self. The qualities of self-awareness and self-assurance, of introspection and consciousness, are priceless ingredients of the meaningful personality. To the extent that a technological society takes on aspects of dehumanization, religious and educational leadership must counter by placing urgent and highest priority upon the human values in the educational process. Otherwise life can become inhumane, can become bound in technique, and can suffer confusion of purpose.
Descriptors: Integrity, Technological Advancement, Instructional Leadership, Technology, Moral Values, Science and Society, Responsibility, Technological Literacy, Information Systems, Educational Environment, Information Processing
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