Schools as global institutions

Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown delivered a powerful speech at the TED forum in Oxford about the creation of a truly global society connected by powerful communication technologies.

In essence, this was a call to collaborative action in tackling global challenges like climate change, terrorism and human rights abuse.

Gordon Brown made a persuasive plea for the creation of global institutions that are underpinned by a shared moral duty to alleviate the challenges we all face whether in developing or developed nations.

As we think about re-imagining schools for today’s world, I wonder how long before schools become truly global institutions – where children from around the world are active agents and partners in projects based on finding solutions to global challenges.

How many children would dis-engage if there was real meaning and purpose to their work?


2 thoughts on “Schools as global institutions

  1. Greg, this is may favourite aspect when I think of the potential uses of ICT for the future. One aspect I’m exploring is if you combine the opportunities of global interaction with an idea such as ‘service learning’ the possibilities for real meaning & purpose in students’ work is endless.
    Anthony Salcito from Microsoft explains more of the concept here:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoftuseducation/archive/2009/06/24/redesigning-education-with-service-learning.aspx
    Looking for solutions for global problems….looking to make a better future…connecting & using the opportunities now available to us… where education should be going….otherwise what is the purpose?

  2. Right on Frances. It never ceases to amaze me how we limit the parameters of learning both for kids and staff. All the discussion is focussed on a national curriculum while ignoring the global reality.

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