Today’s children are growing up in a world that is “flat,” global, and interconnected. It feels quite a bit smaller than the world their parents grew up in. To thrive in that world, they need skills that are different from those that their parents developed in school.
An Ethical, Cultural Context
At Harding Academy, we always ask ourselves how we can best develop in our students the skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and community-building. And just as importantly, we are always considering how to use these twenty-first century skills in the service of age-old questions of purpose, ethics, service, and citizenship. In other words, we are always asking how our Community Code plays itself out in a global, digital world.
Rather than thinking of technology as a way of life, we think of technology as a tool –a tool we can leverage to build relationships with people in other countries and cultures, a tool that gives us access to experts and knowledge anywhere in the world. If the image of poorly-managed technology is a young person hunched over a phone, our image of well-managed technology is a young person facing outward toward a vibrant and multifaceted world.