To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

Education reform, says John Abbott (Director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative) hasn’t gone very far because it is part of a more systemic problem.  He explains that we need to decide whether we want responsible adults or “customers” who depend on products and services.  We need to reimagine society first, and then schools, by examining our collective values and envisioning a society where individuals matter more than machines (referring to the Industrial Age.)  “Either way, schools are stuck in the past: The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future.”

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