21st Century Education
Re-thinking education and learning in the global age
Book is 6" x 9", paperback, and is available from Amazon here.
In order to educate for transition toward a global society, there appears to be the need for an entirely new and inverse approach towards developing a curriculum for the social sciences – one which we term "outside-in". The developed curriculum framework and K-8 scope and sequence is based, therefore, on the premise that first and foremost we are all human beings, and that a wider loyalty exists to our species as a result of that predominant commonality. In other words, the unity of the species becomes the foundation for the study of the social sciences, the oneness of humankind becomes a given, and the diversity of its component parts are accidental and secondary but at the same time an enriching and colorful phenomena. Perhaps a good example to succinctly explain this in practical terms within the context of the culture of the United States, would be to claim that studying black history is already part of "our" history, not just "theirs", and that we are only now talking and learning about what we have been deprived over the last century. We must get beyond the concepts of us and them, and stop treating "others" as “constantly evolving containers” if we are to truly aspire for unity and peace and leverage our great diversity as a species.
The initial introduction of this topic in several Departments of Education has caused controversy and uneasiness, but we insist it is an unavoidable topic for serious consideration. The author, consultant Robert Siegel, encourages pilot programs of the framework and welcomes invitations for additional supplemental materials.