IV. THE EXTENDED SCHOOL
Yesterday: concentrated knowledge
During the last century, and much of this, school (a term that we use to include primary, secondary and technical learning) was a privileged environment that gathered together knowledge dedicated to the education of children and adolescents. There are innumerable examples that demonstrate this thesis in the most varied communities all over the world. In addition, schools not only concentrated knowledge but also all "teaching tools", that is to say the essential technology to carry out such teaching: desks, books, pencils, pens, inkwells and ink, copybooks, black-boards, chalk and maps. At home these elements were rare or non-existent. Unfortunately in many parts of the world this is still the case, more appropriate to a past where homes lacked many essentials. This is extremely unfair and is our major international shortcoming. In such forgotten communities schools, where they exist, continue to be the center of all knowledge and educational technology, as in ages past.