Posted by: crudbasher | January 13, 2012

Second Anniversary Post

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Today marks the second anniversary of this blog. Yay! When I started writing, I focused on technology and how it would affect education. In the second year though, I began to realize that you can’t look at just how it affects education, you also have to look at how it affects the rest of society. Education systems, especially the current public education system are responses to societies’ needs. If those needs change, it should provoke a change in the education system too. I think society has been changing but the education system has not really yet. This is causing tremendous stress, like when a fault line builds up pressure. Eventually you get an earthquake.

Higher education isn’t nearly as standardized as public education so in theory should be more susceptible to change. However, change is usually driven by market forces. With the government flooding the country with cheap student loans, so far colleges haven’t had to change their model. If necessity is the mother of invention, then plenty is the killer of invention. The money will eventually dry up and this will bring changes to the current system of higher education.

One of the most important  societal trends I have been writing about  is what I am calling Disaggregation. The Industrial Revolution was marked by a dramatic reorganization of societies’ resources to align these resources with factories. Old models were disaggregated, and then reassembled into new structures. Modern cities for example are an example of aggregation of human capital. As manufacturing becomes much less labor intensive, cities are gradually emptying.

So can we apply this principle to education? The principle of resource disaggregation is primarily being driven by the Internet currently so it’s information based. Any industry that depends on information will be transformed by it, and education is most definitely an information based industry.

The conditions are set for a revolution in learning for the world. It’s important for administrators to understand that the education system is being changes by forces outside their control. Nothing exists in a vacuum. I eagerly look forward to chronicling the changes. but subtle and obvious that will happen to education this year!

Finally, if you are a regular reader of this blog, thank you! I don’t get a lot of comments but I know people are reading! 🙂

 

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Responses

  1. Happy belated blog birthday! My blog reading comes and goes in spurts based on how much work I have to do. Students are busy with computerized testing right now so I am catching up. Yes, I don’t comment often but I do read your posts. We exist in different worlds; our views and opinions are not often not the same, but I appreciate your willingness to push the envelope, share your thinking and challenge us to think differently.

    • Thanks much Chris! It’s always good to hear from you, even if it’s only once in a while! 🙂


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