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Posted on 22nd January 2010 by Judy Breck

Keeping upbringing local

We need to quit making this false choice: dumbing down our children by denying them global knowledge so that we can nurture them locally. Of course it is crucial to give them local nurture, but it is no longer possible to connect them well with what they need to learn through out-dated local knowledge delivery institutions.

Knowledge no longer can be provided adequately by textbooks and other printed, analog resources, and/or by what is known by their classroom teachers. Knowledge has moved online. The internet is where students and teachers should access what they are learning and teaching.

Moreover, online knowledge is global. It is a commons of what is known by humankind. Every individual on earth will soon be able to learn there from the same virtual page. (The knowledge available from local analog resources and individual teachers is partial, selective, limited, disconnected, and incomplete. There is no way to fix these local knowledge deficiencies and the prejudice and bias they impart to students. Because open online knowledge is emergent, it is superior to anything trapped in print, and enriched and vetted by seminal subject experts in every field of knowledge.)

It is false to say there is a conflict between local nurture and global knowledge:

Yes, our children need a place to spend the day.
Yes, our kids need to learn to socialize with each other.
Yes, students need to articulate, discourse, and compete.
Yes, our youngsters need to have teachers guide them to knowledge.

None of the above has to do with the fact that knowledge has moved online.
Nonetheless, billions are spent every year perpetuating a system of local schools where kids are required by law to spend their days, in a system that is based on the assumption that we send our kids to school to learn knowledge and be certified to their achievement.

Knowledge should be delivered through handschooling.

The local institutions where kids spend their days should focus on nurture. The following are some definitions of what we should all be doing up-close and local for our children. Connecting them to the global knowledge commons conflicts with none of these. In fact, in the 21st century, not connecting a youngster to global knowledge deprives him or her of intellectual and social nurture that are increasing crucial for citizens of our emergent era:

nurture: the process of bringing up
tutelage: an act or action of guarding or protecting
instruction: individual instruction accompanied by close personal attention and a conscious attempt at guidance
- to cause to know a subject
- to direct as an instructor : guide the studies of : conduct through a course of studies : give instruction to
- to impart the knowledge of <teach algebra>
- impart skills to
- to direct, instruct, or train by precept, example, or experience

  1. hasan says:


    22nd January 2010 at 1:41 pm

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