Why Should Children go to School?

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In the first part of this chapter I defend the claim that most thinking on ICT and education is presently taking place within technocratic discourses. These discourses are means-oriented, ignoring the basic-values or aims questions, and focus on small-scale issues disconnected from the whole picture. I further claim that it is vital (for the health and survival of postmodern Western societies) to complement this kind of discourses with macro-strategic discourses. Such discourses should go deeper and wider (to paraphrase on a sentence by A. Hargreaves). They should start with the search for the most basic grand visions, (also) supplying answers to the question in the title, and systematically refer, in their light, to all aspects of the educational process: ICT and education being one of the most important among them. In the second part I supply the reader with an example of such strategic thinking - the conception of the computerization of the Israeli system recommended to the Israel Ministry of Education in 2002 by a committee chaired by myself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUpon What Does the Turtle Stand?
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Education for the Digital Age
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)1402027982, 9781402027987
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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