US – a failed state? 

Paul Krugman today writes in the New York Times: “I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.”

We are deeply shocked. USA. Sliding from a society on its way to open, modern, future oriented community under Obama now into a deep dark tunnel. What will that mean for our children, young people and students. After Brexit and now Trump we will have to think hard as educators how we can help our youth to develop their voice and make it heard. It is an appeal to all educators to make citizenship and reflective thinking one central part of education.
We are still paralyzed.  Today we can only say to those who voted for a modern society – and lost: we stand at the side of all people who are willing to support openness, tolerance and multilateralism!

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About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Ulf is a learning innovation expert and has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2016 he held the position of Vicepresident at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is a featured keynote-speaker and speaker to audiences in more than 45 countries and is author of more than 150 scholarly articles with over 3000 academic citations. Ulf holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
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