Welcome to the blogchain book-club for Education in a Time Between Worlds. This book is a collection of essays delivering a vision for the future of education, as well as a comprehensive model for education's critical role in solving planetary problems.
The basic format we'll follow is as follows:
Each week we'll put out a blog post for a chapter of the book (Starting with the introduction “Theorizing Education at the Edge of History” and ending with “Between Philosophy and Prophesy: Ken Wilbur in Context”).
You write about that chapter, thoughts, questions takeaways, on your own blog (or anywhere on the internet) and then submit a link to the form on the post. If you want you can add questions for other book club members to your post, and we'll pull them out and add them to the main one so other's can see it.
The post for each chapter will always remain open, so you can come back and add to it whenever you want (or join in for the first time whenever makes sense.)
The idea here is that this website and the posts are just a focal point to coordinate these posts, and to facilitate a conversation. For an example for how this kinda thing can work out, see this blogchain on blogging futures.
For the first chatper in the book club I think it would be neat to talk a little about what drew you to this book and to Zak Stein's work in general. What are you hoping to get out of it? Or how does it connect to the things you do?
This chapter really sets the scene for how education can play a major role in helping steward humanity and our world through the ‘meta-crisis’. There are some innovative ideas on schooling and technology and some ‘concrete utopian’ visions of what could be.
I think it would be cool to discuss some of the possible futures Zak proposes or you have been inspired to think about, what to do with schools, the role of technology in reimagining education and how to solve the ‘babysitting problem’.
Can this happen? I am going to find out.
The web is still a very young medium, and it has been influenced more than anything else by print media design. There is so much more that can be done with text on a screen than is being done today. Citations, drawing, chat, speech-to-text. There are opportunities everywhere, and the bar is low! If we are serious about unlocking the value of knowledge we should consider how to improve every part of the knowledge production stack, and that includes reading. As Laurel Schwulst says: “Imaginative functionality is important, even if it’s only a trace of what was, as it’s still a sketch for a more ideal world.”