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Information has become society's chief resource; and in the emerging information age, those who have access to it become more powerful and successful than those who do not. The information age, characterized by the rise of a transnational economic organization and the enhanced importance of information, raises important issues, within the context of schooling, about content, access, and control. The information age places a high premium on the ability to manipulate the symbols needed to master modern technologies and the ability to identify and solve problems. Consequently, in the context of schooling, it becomes necessary to emphasize the teaching of critical thinking skills. Additionally, the information age places a premium on the ability to operate from a global perspective. With regard to education, this viewpoint calls for permeating instruction in all subject areas with the global perspective. Traditionally the world's school systems have been meritocracies; access to the most prized educational experiences was reserved for the deserving elite. Teacher educators have a crucial role to play in widening access and in ensuring that students are adequately prepared to prosper in the information age. (IAH)

Descriptors: Academic Ability, Access to Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Environment, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Global Approach, Information Technology, Role of Education, Thinking Skills

Author: Gardner, William E.


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