New Schools for a New Era

Today’s schools aren’t good enough for the modern era notwithstanding the dedication of teachers and principals. They work hard but with a model developed 120 years ago. Almost everyone trying to improve schools struggles to get a little more mileage from the conventional system. They succeed to an extent but the present model is reaching an upper limit. It’s like trying to make a typewriter into a word processor.  Schools aren’t good enough in many areas: too many students are bored and disengaged; citizenship skills like critical thinking are poorly developed in many students; 20th century work, community and personal skills are not valued or measured. Too much talent goes wasted. Schools were not designed for the internet age.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We will share ideas on this site to:

  • Clarify the shortcomings of today’s schools. This won’t rely on international comparisons and test scores. This will be the Old Schools in a New Era page.
  • Describe the new era and its implications for schools including how students learn and the societal forces impacting schools. This will be the New Era page.
  • Provide a new conceptualization of schooling for this new era. This will be the New Schools in a New Era page

I want to see schools (even the word gets in the way of rethinking) that are places of action, where the doors swing both ways tapping the goldmine of community resources, where the schools is a beehive of students active in a variety of ventures and expression, and where teachers and administrators draw upon their creativity in creating schooling fitting our changing democracy.

A blog commentary will respond to education issues.