With the closing of the final chapter in this book, I am left with the thought that the institutions of learning have prepared us for 'what was', rather than 'what is'. So much has been invested in the way of time and effort, yet our schools often fall short in our overall expectations. It has been rewarding to see and hear some stories of success, be it from an individuals vision of change or a concerted effort from like-minded citizens. The history of education is laced with lessons from which we can all learn from. When I read reports stating that 50% of high school students are bored every day in their classes, as a taxpayer I am outraged....as an educator I am frustrated....and as a parent I am disheartened. Education (and learning) should be not only invigorating but inspiring, not to young people but to all citizens. We are failing not only ourselves, but future generations with our current attempts at trying to educate young people. The authors made a great observation when they noted that schools "have served us very well in the past, but they are a 19th-century invention trying to cope with 21st-century society." As a rejuvenated mid-life educator, I have watched many of my friends make the decision to put their learning days behind them, much of it caused by fear of computers and new technology they consider as complicated and not applicable to their lifestyle. This is indeed fortunate as they could be a tremendous resource for schools and businesses seeking to tap into real-life experiences. When one generation ceases to be a helpful resource to another, we will have lost something I hold in high regard...the transfer of knowledge and personal experience.
Overall, this textbook was a great resource...not only for its unique historical perspective, but for the way it challenges our thoughts of what the future could hold for students of all ages!