Education for a Knowledge Society

I’ve finished reading ‘Just Say Know? Schooling the Knowledge Society’ by John Willinsky. It is a review of theories about education and the knowledge society and this point caught my interest: schooling has been traditionally against employment but now government policies are education for employment. This has resulted in standardised tests and a reduction in numeracy and literacy. The knowledge society … is it democratic? Is it just a new method of ensuring the West’s hegemony in a globalised world? Librarians talk about life long learning and so do adult educators – but in an era of knowledge for work, is life-long learning only to benefit employers? How can the curious mind be fostered in a knowledge society? Just some thoughts. Willinsky, J. Just Say Know? Schooling the Knowledge Society. Educational Theory, 2005 vol55 No1 pg 97-111  Click here for the full text.

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