Breaking the Mold: Understanding and Developing New School Models Part One

| March 2, 2018

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The goals of schooling have changed radically in the past 150 years. Consider the notion of literacy. The ability to sign your name made you literate in colonial times; in the 1800s, you’d reach the same designation if you could recite a few memorized lines of the Declaration of Independence. Around the time of World War I, a new demand for literacy from the US Army shifted the definition of literacy to focus on the ability to make sense of technical manuals in new contexts.

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