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Article: Rites of Passage in a World That Is Not Flat

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What might be possible if the linear thinking that drives much of our education, youth and human development efforts could be shifted toward systems thinking?

We have known for hundreds of years that the world is not flat, and yet linear thinking is still pervasive in Western culture. An example of this linear orientation is the creation of programs for “fixing” societal issues. Our national policy on child development is directed to “closing the achievement gap” and “raising test scores.” But what if we decided to focus again on “raising children” and not on “raising test scores”?

Written by David G. Blumenkrantz in October 2009
The Systems ThinkerĀ®, Pegasus Communications, Vol.20 No.8

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