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Topical Headlines and Reminders
I had a lot of fun digging through the archives of the NOS, NRC and other public newspaper archives and reading (with some translation help) on educational headlines. The archives are not the most, shall we say accessible, but they are open to try and get through with some search engines built into the websites.
Here are a few interesting ones that came up along my search:
1998: Onderwijsraad wil af van rol religie bij schoolstichting:
2004: De Googlificatie van het onderwijs leidt tot Googlificatie van de kennis:
2016: Spieken met je smartwatch:
While looking through old headlines, it’s hard not to notice that much of the discussions we have today been going on for a long time. Even some of the same arguments, never resolved, just re-packaged. Yet, change, moral progress and our ideas continue to evolve and fluctuate.
Looking towards the Future
So, what is there to learn from a retrospective? In some ways, it is a way to remind yourself that things move very quickly depending on where you look. I think education has a bright future if we remind ourselves why we do it in the first place. In other words, the question ‘what is education for?’ has not become less relevant. If it is to make better future citizens, then what kind of citizens do we want to shape? For me the most important question is what role do these technologies play in shaping that future citizen? For in the evolving realm of technology, it's the intentional interplay between these tools and our human values that will shape our collective future.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Onderwijsdagen next week!