On education 2.0

Education is something we all take for granted in Western countries. It is fundamental to communication and knowledge and individual potential. However, is education as it is now practised in schools, training institutions, and businesses really the best way to operate in the 21st century?

Euan Semple just wrote this nice little comment quoting John Chambers of Cisco about education. Couldn’t agree more. But the challenge is obviously how to go about it within the current nation-state context and how that translates into education policy, education funding, and education delivery.

Interestingly, a recent OECD study compares education systems in developed economies and how they have performed to date. A country like Australia needs to do much better. And countries need to do better across a range of education and training contexts as the pace of change and the impact of technologies alters the capacity for the traditional way of providing education. The 21st century isn’t going to go away…

And if you’re into it, check out what Tim O’Reilly has to say about education in the Web 2.0 world.


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