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Tradition and Innovation in Education*
Innovation represents change and renewal, which at times can result
in a certain resistance to the unexpected or the unknown.
Tradition represents the passing on of ideas and customs, and the creation of a common culture that spans from one generation to the next.
Today, as in the past, there are people who are fond of introducing, promoting and supporting changes in education, to renew that which already exists and to re-do that which has been deemed obsolete or ineffective. These people have either managed to surprise others with their innovations or have managed to make known that which, until that moment, had been unknown.
Today, as in the past, there are people who are concerned with upholding traditions. These people have succeeded in sustaining that which might otherwise be unjustly lost, and have done so with an attitude as active as that of the innovators.
Today, education needs both types of people.
It needs those who protect and carry on traditions, because it is they who will bring continuity to the ideas and efforts begun in the past.
It needs those who innovate, because it is they who will create the conditions necessary for new and valuable ideas to receive the social space that they deserve.
Many educators in the region are today asking themselves what are the proposals that are worthy enough to be considered innovative, and what are the traditions that we must understand and protect and that are worth being remembered or reedited. They await the answers.
*The ideas, thoughts, and opinions expressed are not necessarily of the OAS nor of its member states. The opinions expressed are the responsibility of the authors.
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