Overview – Education

“The new education must be less concerned with sophistication than compassion. It must recog­nize the hazards of tribalism. It must teach people the most difficult lesson of all—to look at someone anywhere in the world and be able to see the image of himself, or herself. The old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate peoples must give way to education for citi­zenship in the human community. With such an education and with such self-understanding, it is possible that some nation or people may come forward with the vital inspiration that men need no less than food. Leadership on this higher level does not require mountains of gold or thunder­ing propaganda. It is concerned with human destiny. Human destiny is the issue. People will respond.”  The New Education — Norman Cousins

Our economies have for many years been moving away from old style manufacturing to services. That transition is set to continue, and requires new skills sets. Meanwhile, traditional and digital technologies are converging and becoming more integrated; and changing how we find, use, present and understand information.…All of these will require new literacies not only for work but for living a fulfilled life, coping with the new complexities of our societies, and engaging as a citizen. Literacy refers, traditionally, to the ability to read and understand printed formats. Transliteracy has been coined to highlight the need to be able to ‘read and understand’ concepts and ideas across a growing range of formats and platforms — oral, print, visual, digital — as technologies merge and integrate, enabling radically new approaches to presentation, verification and distortion of content. They focus ever more on critical thinking, the ability to question, analyse, challenge; seeing arguments from different perspectives; articulating ideas…It is almost certainly a case of both and, not either or nature and nurture. With social mobility, unemployment and the need for growth all hot political topics, new literacies could be the key to opening new routes to success.  What Does It Mean To Be Literate In The 21st Century? By Sheila Moorcroft, Shaping Tomorrow, posted on Alternet.org, June 19, 2012

President Obama’s Remarks to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, March 10, 2009 – “…America will not remain true to its highest ideals…if we don’t do a far better job than we’ve been doing of educating our sons and daughters; unless we give them the knowledge and skills they need in this new and changing world. For we know that economic progress and educational achievement have always gone hand in hand in America…The source of America’s prosperity has never been merely how ably we accumulate wealth, but how well we educate our people. This has never been more true than it is today…what’s at stake is nothing less than the American Dream…I’m calling on our nation’s governors and state education chiefs to develop standards and assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity…”

Report Argues U.S. Is Neglecting, Undervaluing Education in the Humanities

The Billionaires’ War Against Public Education 

The Big Picture: A 40-Year Scan of the Right-Wing Corporate Takeover of America 

The humanities are just as important as STEM classes

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