IAP BOOK SERIES
Transforming Education for the Future
Humanity is facing unprecedented challenges. Critical issues, such as world conflicts, global warming, energy crises, and moral decay, if not dealt with, can bring a total breakdown of human civilization. We currently have all the tools to destroy our planet, either slowly by continuing to injure the physical environment or rapidly through nuclear warfare. We can annihilate not only our enemies but the whole human race and other species on Earth.
In the U.S. and many other countries, educational systems are bogged down by structural problems and old philosophies. Education is supposed to prepare citizens who have the ability, awareness, and wisdom to deal with crises and continually learn and grow, but it still operates on an almost purely mechanistic, rationalistic, capitalistic, and highly competitive paradigm.
The U.S. needs a new educational paradigm based on a different, far richer, more insightful understanding of human possibility. This paradigm must be strong enough to transform current educational thinking and practice. It must be creative and expansive enough to transform the world.
What kinds of schools and universities do we need to transform the world? To answer this, we need to address a number of other questions. For instance, what types of skills will people, both young and old, require in order to contribute to the common good? What can education do to motivate people toward cooperation and harmony? What is our deepest, most heartfelt hope for a compassionate human race, and how can education help manifest this hope? Can Enlightenment rationality, individualism, and rigor share a berth with wisdom, universality, and compassion in the education of the future? Can education develop a humanity that is not just intelligent but wise? Can education, which is often viewed as a very conservative cultural institution, become a means for transforming values, not just transmitting them?
- Jing Lin
University of Maryland
- Rebecca L. Oxford
University of Maryland
- Vachel W. Miller
Appalachian State University
- Community Schools: Voices From the Field
- Conducting Research in Education Finance: Methods, Measurement, and Policy Perspectives
- Contemporary Perspectives on Educational Politics and the Law
- Contemporary Perspectives on School Turnaround and Reform
- Current Issues in Out-of-School Time
- Current Perspectives in Demography
- Current Perspectives on School/University/Community Research
- Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies
- Educational Policy and Law
- Educational Policy in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions
- Excursions in Criticality: Education, Cultural Studies and Politics
- Innovation in Human Centered Sustainability
- International Education Inquiries: People, Places, and Perspectives of Education 2030
- International Perspectives on Educational Policy, Research and Practice
- Issues in the Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice of Urban Education
- Leadership for School Improvement
- Marxist, Socialist, and Communist Studies in Education
- Opportunity and Performance
- Politics of Education Book Series
- Research in Education Fiscal Policy and Practice