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The Limits of Modern Education

Modern education, conceived in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century to promote enlightenment and social equality, may finally be nearing its institutional limit. Over the past decade, following nearly a century of steady gains, there has been little further advance in the diffusion of modern education. The modern system has proved effective in serving the interests of the established core of contemporary society, but ineffective in "reaching for the periphery." This, in our view, is wrong and needs to be set right.