Our schools are organised to meet the needs of the industrial age. They are based on two key ideas: the importance of traditional disciplinary knowledge and the necessity to sort people according to their likely employment destination.
It does matter what students are learning and that the old disciplines are still important.
However the reasons they are important are now very different from the reasons they were important in the past. We need a new way of thinking of what we teach, and why we teach it
The full journal article published in:
Education Canada v.47 (3) p. 4-8, 2007