Like the heated debates over politics, financial systems, health care, and the environment, the arguments about the future of education have devolved into a divisive, either/or, left/right, you’re wrong/ I’m right, I’m an expert/ no, I’m the expert contest that obscures or prevents true solutions.
I propose that no one is right. How could they be? The global age has arrived in the blink of a geological eye. The information age is barely a decade old. The environment for children is shifting exponentially. Institutions can’t possibly cope or adapt, and the pace of change exceeds the speed of our thought processes and, at least temporarily, has outstripped our powers of imagination. Most often, old industrial assumptions weigh us down and prevent imaginative thinking.