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Educating for the Future, Not the Past

I am one of the bloggers on DML Central http://dmlcentral.net/.    DML Central is an incredibly rich resource for the field of Digital Media and Learning.  I've written about this cite before in this blog, but, if you haven't checked it out lately, you should.  There's lots to learn there. 

 

Our other bloggers are Howard Rheingold, Liz Losh, Raquel Recuero, danah boyd, Barry Joseph, Dante Noto, David Theo Goldberg, Terrence Thompson, Mimi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and HASTAC Scholar John Jones. 

 

Besides the blogs, DML Central includes extensive bibliographies, research reports, and other pertinent information for the field.  There are podcasts, demonstration programs and much more:  http://dmlcentral.net/resources

 

Recently, I blogged for DML Central on "Educating for the Future, Not the Past."    Here's an excerpt:

 

Educating for the Future, Not the Past: Writing at DMLcentral I argued that  while the job landscape of the future will look nothing like it does today, formal institutions of education are not addressing how to prepare students for a new world:

Our emphasis on specialization, on rote memorization, on multiple choice answers to a prescribed curriculum, and even on individual achievement are all products of the late nineteenth century Industrial Age when it was imperative to train an unskilled workforce for the factories. [...] What are we doing, on a national level, to educate our kids for a new digital age? In a world where any knowledge is at your finger tips, is multiple choice really the way to be teaching kids about how to search and how to evaluate what you find? Is extreme field specialization, so crucial for a segregated and hierarchical workforce, the right way to train kids for a future that might include three to seven career changes?

Futurist Alvin Toffler has said that, in addition to reading, writing, and rithmatic, the most important literacy for the twenty-first century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn.  Do our schools today teach that ability to rethink ones assumptions and try again?

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