The current school system is authoritarian, hierarchal, and undemocratic. The social system is authoritarian, hierarchical and undemocratic. Connecting these was the thesis of Paulo Friere. Ivan Illich added that the values and life styles absorbed in schools were self-interest, competition, and materialism -- the so called "Dominator Paradigm" the root of the Euro American Culture.
An emerging "Gaian Paradigm" is rooted in a new scientific understanding that everything in the universe is a holon, composed on smaller holons and embedded in larger holons. That is, each of us, (and everything else), is dependent on every one else (and everything else). Every individual is composed of organs, cells, molecules, atoms etc. and embedded in family, community, society, nature, the earth, etc. All are interconnected and interdependent.
We each "belong" to Gaia (The Earth and all of it life forms). We must discover and obey the laws of Gaia to continue human existencd. We each "belong" to one another. We are interdependent. We are responsible to Gaia and for Gaia. We are responsible for one another. We cannot abrogate that responsibility to others -- including the government. Our personal learning is our personal responsibility. The future of society is our personal
The transition from the Dominator Paradigm to the Gaian paradigm suggests a transition from government schools to learning communities. A transition to Life-Long Self-Learning. And it is happening. Just my thoughts. IMHO
Instructional design is moving, and will continue to do so rapidly, to involve the learner more and more. Collaboration (synchronous and asynchronous) will become more important elements in our courses and participation will probably be an important factor for certified courses. Multi-user simulation exercises and games is probably the coming trend... and it is a trend that can fundamentally enhance the learner experience.
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