“We have moved from a world where your community was about where you lived, where you grew up, whom your ancestors were and are. Community now is morphing into something that is much more global, much more boundary crossing, and in some ways much more self-created. That’s just one of the promises of the world that we live in now.
So, that’s also a challenge to community. You know there’s a real tension there.
But there are enormous possibilities for people to be collaborative all around the world to produce educational environments for folks that we could never have created in the past. That is going to happen. I think that’s tremendously promising. I could now really conceivably work with my son in New Delhi and my colleague in Melbourne to try to create some kind of new educational model. And we could go pretty far in describing what that is, beginning to put the pieces of that together, making that meaningful and having other people know about it in ways that we really couldn’t before. I see that is very promising—hopeful. But the old institution of schooling cannot survive under these conditions. And I’m okay with that.”