Sunday, November 26, 2006

Specialization Schools For A Black Regional Powerbase by Akindele Akinyemi

As we are pushing for more regional control on a greater scale it's time that we utilize a variety of unique high schools - novel charter schools and cyber charter schools. We had the opportunity to build 15 charter high school right here in Detroit to usher in the new knowledge society. But as usual, the Detroit Federation of Teachers cried the blues about this. Jennifer Granholm ran away as usual.

Remember, the Governor do not support educational choices for parents and children.

But thanks to her mental gap that charter bill is now law. I am waiting for someone like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson or even Dick DeVos to come in and implement the bill in full force. The reason?

Charter schools must begin to move away from the Information Age of learning to a more learning society based instruction. The advent of specialization charters will help bridge the gap between urban communities and the rest of the world.

Some may say that these type of schools exist. They do not exist. They have a emphazised program within the academic climate BUT that program is not necessary geared towards a specific specialization. Most charters are no more than duplicates of traditional schools.

For example, AT& T or Verizon should charter with Wayne County Community College or Eastern Michigan University to set up a specialization school dealing with telecommunications.

With the new telecommunications infrastructure that is currently under development is in place, there will be new ways to meet the rising need for lifelong education. In today's knowledge marketplace, education is required for survival in the fast-changing workplace. So a market is being created for both corporate training and lifelong learning.

Specialization charter schools will be built upon the availability of easy access to educational resources by a broad range of people using the telecommunications infrastructure via cell phones, e-mail, navigation systems, PDAs, etc. The traditional structure of higher education that requires students to mold themselves to its format - to show up, take notes, recite facts, and take their diplomas - will eventually die out.

These specialization schools demands a new direction which is a megashift in value systems and a move toward electronic decentralization. With a specialization school in telecommunications and earning additional credits in a place like Baker College we can now see the future of human, intellectual, and economic relationships. This will not be based in the traditional city, but in the telecity - a global community whose life, direction, and functioning are shaped by telecommunications.

Backup data centers, distributed wireless and satellite facilities, and a new emphasis on replacing classic megacities like New York City and Los Angeles with telecities will likely ultimately represent a key trend of the twenty-first century. New electronic and optical systems will be able to provide true "telepresence" anytime and anywhere at virtually no cost. The speed and low cost of modern transmission systems appear to be major drivers in this transformation, not only in the most developed countries but also around the world.

Our children in urban areas should be on the front lines of this technology.

Transportable classrooms will become of use as we merge the specialized school with it. These movable classrooms are viewed as an expedient solution to fluctuations in student population, treated as temporary facilities despite remaining on many school sites for decades. Too many of us never think about how we canutilize transportable classrooms and turn them into truly dynamic learning environments. Think about regional transportation and how we can make better uses for this type of education. The transportable may become a provocative learning environment in ways that few bricks-and-mortar buildings can. It could be a unique place that responds to all children's gifts of daring, creativity, problem solving, and curiosity.

Within these transportable classrooms with a specialized field in telecommunications or regional transportation each learning center would be a moving site combined with interactive Internet distance learning. Each would honor basic high-school requirements while tweaking the curriculum so that it relied on lessons based in a specific area needed (engineering, accounting, physical therapy, mathematics, health or social sciences).

Our communications and instructional technologies are necessary to make education an anytime anywhere activity rather than a place-bound schoolhouse event have been rapidly evolving for several years. The only step remaining in urban communities across Michigan is to end the public-school monopoly on funding so that learners can leave schools and find the education of their choice. Despite constantly accelerating social and technological change, the paradigm for education has remained essentially static. Now, we are gaining a critical mass of fiscal, social, and technological factors that have converged to create a real push for significant change in the educational paradigm. A market-driven world of educational opportunities will develop, giving learners an unlimited number of educational options.

Our community are responsible for opening the doors to elevate our children's mentality. We can establish Black Regional Power instead of trying to waste precious time in Detroit. Think about when you are running for school board in places like Redford, River Rouge and Inkster how we can transform those communities by transforming the academic culture in these smaller communities. It can be done with conservative technology and innovation.

I have given you the key. Now go open the door and build our conservative base brothers and sisters.

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