Critical Essays on Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century
Edited By Eleanor Blair and Yolanda Medina
1. Think about the aims and purposes of education for 21st century schools. What role do schools play in our society today? What happens to different groups of students when we define schooling as a site for job preparation and not a place for knowledge production and creation? Consider how demographics, social trends, politics and economics have impacted how we think about public schools. Finally, attempt to create a list of aims and purposes for 21st century schools. Include aims and purposes for the areas of the intellectual, political, economic and social, but also consider additional areas that have emerged in the 21st century, for example, technology. Provide a rationale for your thinking.
2. After reading the essays in this section, attempt to answer the following questions: Who profits from both the successes and failures of public education? Who ultimately determines the content of the curriculum and makes decisions regarding how that varies from school-to-school? How do we go about reconciling private and public interests in public education?
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