Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Educational Objectives

Knowing one's place is part of the broader idea of knowing about the world and your place in it, being mindful of that, and perhaps being an advocate for protecting your place. This concept of having a healthy sense of place would be an admirable goal of education and place-based education seeks to meed that goal. At one time, this goal could have been incorporated in the goal of either civics (i.e., developing an educated electorate) or maybe even a tangent to health education (having a positive viewpoint about the place you live).

But it seems that according to the politicians, educational goals now are only about maintaining America's economic power globally. To get people to think about place-based education, do we have to explain how that links to maintaining America's economic power globally?

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