What should Information Age schools look like? How does Sudbury Valley School model the type of schooling appropriate for post-industrial societies? A socio-cultural analysis of the history of education presents the background for the development of 21st century schools.
“The chief productive learning activity in post-industrial cultures is unfettered model-building. Free-form model-building is the prevalent mode of interaction between each individual and the environment. The industrial distinctions between art, science, technology, philosophy, religion, and practical wisdom – distinctions either lacking or blurred in pre-industrial cultures – are entirely absent in post-industrial cultures. Imagination, given form through model-building activity, informs all mental pursuits, and such concepts as beauty, spirit and appropriateness weave in and out of every creation of the mind.”