What does education mean in the age of Google?

[Children’s author James] Marsden said that while some schools are “absolute groundbreakers” in the way they foster innovation and open-mindedness, others are sticking to a 1950s didactic education model.

“Children graduate without the social, emotional and intellectual skills to be as successful as they might be,” he said. “They are in more danger of failing in a lot more areas of their lives.”

Cosima Marriner, SMH (10/3/2013)

The education system is arguably little different from the schools of the early 1900s. With information available at the click of a smartphone search bar, how are we preparing children to be confident, capable and active citizens in this information society? An particularly important question for early childhood educators.

By Liam McNicholas

I am an experienced early childhood teacher, writer and advocate. As well as managing community not-for-profit early childhood operations in a variety of roles, I have advocated for children's human rights; the need for investment in early childhood education; and for professional recognition and wages for those working in early childhood education and care.

I am available to be commissioned for freelance writing, editing, event speaking and consulting work.

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