“It cannot be denied that education is one of the cornerstones of any modern society. Along with internal security and the military, running the education system of your non-democratic nation is one of the most important tasks that your government will spend its time with. Education is important and is something that you need to be concerned with, but that doesn’t mean that all forms of education are equal. The system of education in your nation needs to be carefully designed, created and molded with specific goals in mind.”
Systems of education are designed and created by people to meet the needs of their community or society.
But we often forget that. We accept the systems that we have as permanent structures.
I believe instead that our systems need to be under constant scrutiny, revision and reflection. Are they meeting the goals we have for our systems? Are we clear on what we want to accomplish? Who is setting the agenda of our systems of education?
With these questions in mind, and building on the example of Laurier Rochon who wrote the Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention I have written the Dictator’s Practical Guide to Education, an essay that is meant to have us look at what we are doing in our schools and classrooms.
“Schooling is a dangerous enterprise in the networked world.”