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education for the 21st century

August 4, 2013
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education for the 21st century

Schools could play a pivotal role in transforming young people’s concerns about the future into the foundations for productive systems citizens if they could see this as their role and think of themselves as part of a global system… Unfortunately, around the world, schools are caught up in the pressures to preserve a traditional system that finds itself under increasing stress, unable to innovate. So while children grow up today with the instincts to be systems citizens, there is little to encourage them in this direction.

…If we can succeed in moving toward a learner-centered, systems-based education system, I believe we will see just how readily systems citizenship develops – and how ineffective the traditional classroom, teacher-centric model of learning actually is (Senge, 2006, p. 361).

Selected reference

Senge, P. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art & practice of the learning organisation. London: Random House.

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