Chapter 6: The Three Eras of Education

Three main areas of US education are the apprenticeship era, the universal-schooling era, and now the life-long learning era. We can compare these three eras looking at these components”

  • Responsibility
  • Expectations
  • Content
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Location
  • Culture
  • Relationships

Each of these components of education have changed as our society changed.  The question is not whether the components were bad or good for any era.   We are now entering the life-long learning era because society is changing and the world is becoming more connected through the Internet.  Schools will change because we cannot stop change. Society will demand it.  I think we are living in the exact moment of change, and I believe we have a choice to make. Do we want to sit by and watch?  or Do we want to have a voice and help lead?





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3 responses to “Chapter 6: The Three Eras of Education

  1. Shelly Hellums

    Chapter 6 mentioned that during this era we may see some responsiblity for education taken back from the state by parents. In one way this excites me because I feel like one of the main problems with education today is that parents do not take enough of an active role. On the other hand, some parents (I’m sorry to say) are never going to be good at parenting, much less being responsible for educating their children. This chapter left alot to think about.

    • I agree. I think the parents who are already participating in their child’s education always will be, and some just won’t. Yes, some of the book leaves a lot of questions for sure.

  2. I don’t want to sit by and watch. Education is changing because the kids are changing. Everyone is going to take responsibility and play a role in the education of our children.

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