Education and Community: The collective wisdom|
of teachers, parents, and members of our community.
VALUESThe first scenario Orthodoxy assumes traditional values, and expects educators to impose those values on any and all who might resist them. The second scenario, Orthodoxies plays out the reaction against value-free public education. In this scenario we consider all values with no one being the rule. The third, Wired for Learning revolves around new applications of information technology. That info-tech will influence education is predetermined. How, and how fast, is uncertain. This is reminiscent of Cuban's Technophile scenario (discussed in next section). Lastly, The Learning Society is a scenario where the pieces come together. Technology moves faster than in the first two scenarios, making this a radical change scenario. But the technology serves the ideals of inclusive community by facilitating a more participatory process than in the last scenario. Technology is a tool, not a driver. Technology fades into the background of the Learning Society. It is servant, not hero. (GBN.org) Now the purpose of these scenarios is to better understand and plan better for the future. One matter of great discovery in the scenario creating is the reliance on values. In the first two scenarios, value was key and was the reason for the importance of these scenarios. NEA reported that this was an important discovery the reliance on values. But that was already known from our policy equals politics plus pedagogy plus values mantra. The Wired for Learning scenario was valueless and was not popular with the teachers. In the Learning society scenario one astonishing fact did emerge which was how far from society the students are. However, it was in this scenario that many found much hope. It is in this scenario where telementoring has the greatest hope and potential for bridging the gap between society and the school. Telementoring can bring the community to the school which will provide the element of value in a non-dominant manner. The infusion of values into the schools is a tricky one as these scenarios point out. On one hand we see one value and on the other we see a pluralistic society which is valueless. In the technological scenario value is neutral. However in the Learning Society scenario, values are prized, shared, accepted, and respected. In this scenario we get a glimpse of what may be the future of education and telementoring may have a major role in fulfilling this Learning Society.