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January 20, 2010

Alvin and Heidi Toffler on the roots of education

by Chris Lindholm

I received several questions about my previous post as it felt to some like an attack on public education.  The purpose of blogging is to create healthy dialogue, so to those who reading and asking questions, thank you!  I feel obligated to frame this in a larger context, so here goes…

Make no mistake, those who work in public education are salt of the earth people who believe in using their time, efforts, and resources to equip tomorrows leaders for success.  They love kids, work incredibly hard, and do so while taking a great deal of public criticism.  I am one of them.   I am a teacher at heart, but I am also a leader.  My call is to make the system, the team, and individual educators better to improve how we teach kids and serve the community.  There are thousands of heroic educators pouring their hearts into educating kids every day across our world, however I believe the overall system in which they work has some real structural issues.  Our system is not structured or equipped to truly prepare kids for 21st century challenges.  We educators, like in business, are struggling to adapt to the fast paced changes in technology that are actually creating huge change to international economics, sociological power structures, and human behavior. 

As mentioned in my previous post, I subscribe to many of the writings of scholars and futurists, Alvin and Heidi Toffler.  To give you a slice of some of their thoughts on education, here is a brief video of them at a recent conference:


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