"In view of globalization, which is here
to stay, and the events of September 11and its aftermath, which were
a shock to most of us, do we need to make fundamental changes in our
educational goals and methods?"
Because of globalization, the capacity to think across disciplines, to synthesize wide ranges of information efficiently and accurately, to deal with individuals and institutions with which one has no personal familiarity, to adjust to the continuing biological and technological revolutions, are at a far greater premium. And because of the events of September 11, we need to think much more deeply about the nature of democratic institutions and the threats to them, the role and limits of tolerance and civil liberties, the fate of scarce resources, profound gaps across religions and cultures, just to name a few.
has come where we need to rethink what we teach, how we teach, what
young people learn on their own, how they interact, how they relate
to mass culture, etc. The question we must then ask is: Do we have to
continue to be reactive or can we plan proactively the education that
is needed for our progeny in this new world?