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Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Home and School Internet Connectivity Is an Inalienable Right of Students

“Mankind owes to the child the best that it has to give.” With these words, on September 26, 1924, the League of Nations adopted the Geneva Declaration. This Declaration on the Rights of the Child is the first international statement that recognizes specific rights of the children and pointing out the responsibilities of adults (Oliver, 12/12/2011).

The world has broadly accepted that education is an inalienable right of children. In my most recent IAE Newsletter, I briefly present the idea that home and school access to the Internet and the Web for educational purposes is fast becoming a new inalienable right of all children (Moursund, 4/30/2020, link).

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Forecasting Possible Futures of Education

Recently I have been thinking and writing about possible futures of education. This naturally required that I think about and forecast still more broadly-based futures reflecting possible major changes in our world, changes that will strongly impact the future of education.

This IAE Blog lists and comments on forecasts for 15 areas that I believe to be quite relevant to our educational systems. For each item in my current list, I have provided a brief comment about its possible impact on our PreK-12 schools in the coming decades. My list is in alphabetical order.

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Tools Help Us Build on the Work of Self and Others

     "...human brains have become equipped with add-ons, thinking tools by the thousands, that multiply our brains' cognitive powers by many orders of magnitude." (Daniel Clement Dennett III; American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist; 1942-.) [Bold added for emphasis.]

     "We must preserve the power of intrinsic motivation, dignity, cooperation, curiosity, joy in learning, that people are born with." (W. Edwards Deming; American international business consultant and statistician; 1900-1993.) [Bold added for emphasis.]

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"Big Brother" is Getting Better at Tracking You

 

All of my readers know about police investigators collecting fingerprints from crime scenes, and the very large collections of fingerprints and other crime-related data on file. In the United States, the National Crime Information Center is a repository that stores and shares information from law enforcement agencies throughout the country (NCIC, 2018). Quoting from the NCIC website:

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The Joy of Learning: A New Free Book from IAE

Dedicated to Robert Sylwester  The Joy of Learning is a new, free IAE book based on a series of recently published IAE Newsletters (IAE, 2016). Robert Sylwester served as co-editor of the IAE Newsletter for many years and was co-editor of six previous IAE Newsletter books. This new book is dedicated to Bob, who died August 5, 2016, which was s...
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