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Moving away from reality…or toward tomorrow?

Today was one of those days where I realized just how far I’ve moved from “what is acceptable” in education. I was reviewing a useful site (Rubric for Online Instruction). The site offers various rubrics to determine the quality of an online course. As I was exploring the rubrics, it occurred to me that I’m not asking the questions the resource is intending to answer. In fact, I’m not asking many of the questions that formal education is trying to answer. Not sure what to think of that. I imagine an individual can completely delude himself into thinking he has some insight (when in reality, he is blissfully unaware). So, with the understanding that I may be completely off-base, I must state (yet again) that I our education system is struggling with issues that are simply not relevant today. We are at the “trying to catch up with change in society and technology stage”…but I think we should be less focused on catching up with change and more committed to trying to transform our educational structures. Alvin Toffler put it well in a recent book: “Mass education designed for the industrial age meets the needs of neither the pre-industrial village nor the post-industrial future…indeed, all education – has to be totally reconceptualized.”