We, in the United States and most other countries around the globe, have educational systems. They are structured around institutions called schools, colleges and universities. Most educational institutions have some sort of campus with one or more buildings within which we find classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, offices and, with luck, a library and sports facilities. They are staffed with teachers, professors, instructors, administrators, clerical workers, custodians of the physical plant and, also with luck, counselors for the students. All these people participate in activities prescribed by a curriculum. How could it be otherwise?
Well, it was “otherwise” several centuries ago and still is in what we call “underdeveloped” regions of the world. Human beings have always taught their children to survive in their surrounding environment but education, as we know it today, is a modern product. Is it the best way to acquire skills and knowledge in the 21st century? Maybe not. Our electronic communications, storage and display technologies give us the opportunity to rethink school from the ground up and that’s what we will explore on this blog site.
Stay tuned as my family and I document my grandson’s educative journey and explore new ways to organize and support human learning from conception to grave. Just so you don’t confuse what we’re talking about with the old educational infrastructure, we call it, Open Educative Systems or OES.