Thirty years of spirited school reforms have failed to improve our
schools and instead have left our public school systems in
disarray. Meanwhile, employment prospects for high school and
college graduates are fading, and the public is losing faith in its
schools. The education paradigm inherited from the Industrial Era
is in crisis. In the last decade, however, the Internet and new Web
2.0 technologies have placed the entirety of human knowledge in the
hands of everyone. What will our educational institutions make of
this unprecedented flood of Web-based learning resources? How can
schools be transformed to accommodate the new possibilities for
personal and social learning? Leonard Waks gathers all the pieces
of our current educational puzzle together in this groundbreaking
book. Drawing on new organizational models grounded in complexity
theory, Waks maps out an inspiring new paradigm for education in
the Internet age, and connects all the dots in constructing
detailed models for new schools-now transformed into "open learning
centers." Finally, Waks details action steps readers can take to
speed this transformative process along in their own locations.
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