Knowing with New Media
The eight sociological aspects of contemporary, complex reality that inform the construction
of individual life-smart rafts.
'We face a life skills crisis ...
Much is being made these days of the need to boost academic achievement.
In reality ... the need to boost academic achievement runs a distant second to the need to boost life skills.'
Dr Spencer Kagan
The traditional 'raft' is designed for linear progression and competition.
Just as a wooden raft is constructed of separate and parallel-positioned logs, the 20th century education set of life skills was assembled with symbolic systems, facts and techniques.
These were established by traditional academic disciplines such as mathematics, language, science, technology, social studies, arts and physical education.
These standardised rafts served as a platform for students to enter professional life. The higher the educational achievement, the better the raft could carry an individual along a relatively stable life-stream—sometimes never changing direction.
Skills Every Child Will Need to Succeed in 21st Century
Dr Laura A. Jana | TEDxChandigarh
Retrieved September, 2018, from:
The life-smart raft of Ripples education is designed:
• for multi-directional use
• to be adaptable for life's ongoing changes
• to promote and facilitate collaboration
John D. Couch
& Jason Towne
Tony Wagner &
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Repertoire of life skills –
the raft metaphor
The individual life-smart-rafts are constructed of:
for self-reliance to strive
in rapidly changing
with the emergence of
a global citizenship
and digital democracy
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