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The new basics : education and the future of work in the Telematic Age
Thornburg, David D.
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Alexandria, Va. : Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, [2002]

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vii, 119 pages ; 23 cm
A visit to the cave -- The digital tornado -- The driving forces of change -- Work in the Telematic Age -- A cloud on the horizon -- New skills for a new era -- Dial locally, work globally -- The new work -- The new school -- A role for governments in the new economy -- The cave revisited.
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The increasing globalization of work--coupled with rapid advancements in communications technology--is making age-old teaching methods irrelevant. To thrive in the plugged-in future workplace, students today need to learn a whole new set of fundamental skills.

According to David Thornburg, we are on the cusp of a completely new era. The conventions of interoffice hierarchies, deskbound workers, and long-term employment contracts will quickly give way to a "telematic" model of work, in which workers are free to hop from client to client and country to country at the speed of a DSL connection.

Today's curriculum is predicated on yesterday's realities, and must be reexamined to better reflect the digital age. This book explores

*The foundations of the future economy,

*The characteristics needed to succeed in the emerging world, and

*The changes we need to make in education to ensure that all students leave school prepared to face the challenges of a redefined world.

The New Basics: Education and the Future of Work in the Telematic Age provides an in-depth discussion of the skills necessary for professional success in the coming years, along with strategies on how best to teach them in the classroom. Filled to capacity with visionary observations, practical suggestions for innovative instruction, and engaging discussions of the historical precedents for remodeled curriculum, this book is essential for those seeking to address the pressing issues of the new millennium.

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Library Journal Review

Thornburg, an emerging-technologies futurist, takes a critical look at education in the United States and how children are taught in a system designed to prepare them for an industrial-era economy rather than our present "knowledge-value era." Drawing on his experience and knowledge to examine trends and make informed assumptions about what the future workplace will be, he asserts that students must be prepared for the new era, in which product value is based more on intellectual content than material and where workers are not interchangeable components on a production line but instead contribute to production through their creativity and knowledge. Workers will continue the trend of operating like consultants and will need to upgrade their knowledge and skills through lifelong learning to support their nomadic lifestyle. The final chapter offers practical strategies for garnering community support for curriculum change and effecting change within schools. Parents, administrators, teachers, policymakers, and anyone interested in education will find this book engaging and useful. Recommended for school, public, and academic libraries. Mark Alan Williams, Web Lib. & Document Storage Svcs., Hines VA Hosp., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 A Visit to the Cavep. 3
2 The Digital Tornadop. 6
3 The Driving Forces of Changep. 12
4 Work in the Telematic Agep. 24
5 A Cloud on the Horizonp. 47
6 New Skills for a New Erap. 56
7 Dial Locally, Work Globallyp. 69
8 The New Workp. 82
9 The New Schoolp. 90
10 A Role for Governments in the New Economyp. 98
11 The Cave Revisitedp. 105
Referencesp. 111
Indexp. 114
About the Authorp. 120