The new millennium was ushered in by a dramatic technological
revolution. We now live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and complex, media-saturated
Today's kindergarteners will be retiring in the year 2072. We have no idea of what
the world will look in five years, much less 60 years, yet we are charged with preparing
our students for life in that world. Our students are facing many emerging issues
such as global warming, famine, poverty, health issues, a global population explosion
and other environmental and social issues. These issues lead to a need for students
to be able to communicate, function and create change personally, socially, economically
and politically on local, national and global levels.
Even kindergarten children can make a difference in the world by participating in
real-life, real-world service learning projects. You're never too young, or too
old, to make your voice heard and create change that makes the world a better place.
Emerging technologies and resulting globalization also provide unlimited possibilities
for exciting new discoveries and developments such as new forms of energy, medical
advances, restoration of environmentally ravaged areas, communications, and exploration
into space and into the depths of the oceans. The possibilities are unlimited. Welcome
to the world of 21st century education.