April 15, 2009

A Guide For The Academically Perplexed

Integral Education: A Guide For The Academically Perplexed

By Lynne Feldman
"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." -- Eric Hoffer
We are indeed in times of change, and at an historical first. All of the world's cultures are now available to us, with the totality of human knowledge open to our study. What an auspicious and robust setting for post-secondary study; how fortunate are the students and the professors who are seeking the experience, wisdom, and patterns of the past for their edification and for those of future generations! Computers proliferate, bringing knowledge to most of the planet, and globalization feeds the desire to access that knowledge. Certainly the universities of the future will thrive in this rich environment.

And yet…the books, articles and reports from our civilization's great centers of learning do not report the feeling of fulfillment of humanity's lust for knowledge. At this extraordinary moment we find instead the grumblings and irritations of educational participants and leaders that indicate more of a feeling of deficiency than of needs finally met.

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