Saturday, August 17, 2019

Online Education is a Loop Back to the Beginning


  • Era of Education:  Traditional Tribal Society
    • How Education Was Done:
      • Stories
      • Learn by Helping Adults (Participation) 
        • I do - We do - You do
    • Goal of Education:  Survival
    • Strength:  Multi-generational Cohesion
    • Weakness:  Narrow Focus and No Curriculum 

  • Era of Education:  Greek and Classical Academy
    • How Education Was Done:
      • Lecture by Paid Tutor
      • Didactic Questions
      • Greek Tutors Trained Roman Elites
    • Goal of Education:  Leadership in Complex City or State 
    • Strength:  Broader Curriculum
    • Weakness:  Audience is Elites

  • Era of Education:  Agricultural American One Room School House
    • How Education Was Done:
      • Lecture by Trained Teacher
      • Canon of Text Books 
      • Focus on Basics
        • Reading
        • Writing 
        • Arithmetic 
    • Goal of Education:  Train Citizens and Work Force 
    • Strength:  Broadly Available and Re-enforce Sense of Community
    • Weakness:  Overly Concentrating on the Practical and Functional

  • Era of Education:  Industrial American Consolidated Schools
    • How Education Was Done:
      • Lecture by Trained Highly Teachers
      • Canon of Text Books 
    • Goal of Education:  Train Citizens and Work Force 
    • Strength:  Bring Equality To All Members of Society
    • Weakness:  Mass Produce Education; Disconnect Community from School

  • Era of Education:  Information Age - Online Education
    • How Education Is Done:
      • Online Materials
      • Life-long Learning
      • Bite Size Material
      • Social Aspects of Learning Re-emerge  
    • Goal of Education:  Self-Directed Learning to Meet Personal Goals 
    • Strength:  Brings Back Learning By Doing
    • Weakness: Narrow Focus on Personal Interests and No Set Canon