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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Education in the Twenty-First Century

Education in the Twenty-First Century

(p.413) Twenty-Nine Education in the Twenty-First Century
Freedom and Limits

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Fordham University Press

Lachs argues that schools cannot be replaced by computers, for they provide unique intergenerational connections that define the broader context in which learning and growth occur. The individualized investment teachers have in students and that students have in one another generate immediate and ongoing interactions that cannot be enacted by or on computers. The Internet can, however, help shift the educational focus from collecting information to investigating hypotheses and enhancing critical judgment and appreciation. Such a shift would allow for greater integration of the theoretical and practical components of the learning experience; Lachs argues that “better coordination of practical life on campus with the abstract materials of the classroom offers a splendid opportunity for improving education and providing a more attractive alternative to the Internet.” Moreover, teachers—but not computers—can teach students to challenge the status quo and explore alternate possibilities.

Keywords:   Education, Technology, Critical thinking

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