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4. An increased access to the research
tools required to create new theoretical
If there is to be a second Renaissance
period based around the technology of
the internet each of these four parameters
must once again be evident. This is illus-
trated in Figure 1.
In short, this second Renaissance, or the
'Nouvelle Compréhension', is about the
confluence of technological and socio-
logical innovations that merge into a cul-
ture that values new ideas, where innova-
tion and ingenuity change the way we do
and think about almost everything.
The new paradigm surrounding this new
Renaissance allows educators to assist
learners in taking what they are already
innately good at and amplifying it through
a personalised learning experience. If this
education paradigm is adopted, it will
amplify the potential of the 'Nouvelle
Compréhension'. Nations that grasp this
opportunity will dominate the 21st cen-
tury; those that do not will wish they had.
21st century curriculum
Outside of school, many of our young
people have already adopted this new
paradigm. Their music, their social net-
working and their information acquisition
is all done over the internet. They do not
use 'office' software other than for their
school homework! They sit in our class-
rooms every day and we wonder why they
are increasingly disengaged, as they once
again reply to every question and state-
ment with the one word summary of their
First modern education paradigm
Second modern education paradigm
An openness and
honesty in regard to
The influence of the church over
what could be investigated/
researched decreased dramatically
and openness and honesty, while not
perfect, improved dramatically.
The drive for new knowledge and understanding is increasingly
coupled with an ethical underpinning which ensures that the
pursuit of new knowledge and understanding does not threaten
our very existence. Faith, values, ethics and principles provide a
critical consciousness behind our drive to know and understand.
The fine balance between recklessness and openness to new
ideas is always being tested and adjusted.
responsible for the
increase in knowledge
The invention of the printing press
lowering the cost of books and
increasing their number coupled
with distribution channels and
increase in the number of people
who could read.
The technology of the book
signalled a quantum leap in the
democratisation of knowledge.
The development of the internet providing a fantastically rich
resource and communication environment at a fraction of the
traditional cost of information.
The development of the internet signalled a quantum
leap thousands of times greater than that of the book and
democratising of knowledge.
Increase in the
Sponsorship by patrons of
intellectuals in the arts and sciences
in particular. Suddenly, people were
provided with the luxury of having
time to think and reflect on ideas.
Transport links between countries
and cities via sail and carriage
coupled with knowledge of others
via the technology of the book.
Over 80 percent of all scientists, artists, musicians, philosophers,
technologists and so on who have ever lived are alive today.
Research institutions, schools, businesses and philanthropic
organisations sponsor more people to 'think' than ever before.
With e-mail, blogging, Skype, chat, videoconferencing,
podcasting and more, the internet has dramatically increased
the capability of anyone, anywhere, any time to collaborate with
anyone else, anywhere, any time at almost no cost.
Increase in the access
to research tools
The application of new paints, new
musical instruments and scientific
tools resulted in quantifiable as well
as philosophical testing of ideas.
Technological growth and the potential of new ideas to become
new research instruments quickly via 'market forces' and govern-
ment sponsorship increases dramatically. The cost for these
tools is steady and access to them has dramatically increased
to the point where almost everyone can be a researcher.
Figure 1. Key parameters for a new education paradigm
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