What is the Allegory/Metaphor of 21st Century Education?

Will Richardson wrote about his kids:

“At 6 and 8, they have already become pieces on the assembly line, chugging along apace with their peers, everything checked, everything ordered.”

So what is the allegory or metaphor of 21st century learning and education? What represents that flexible learning environment. The web is the most obvious, but it does not show the real interaction.

I always loved reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. We’re in that sort of situation now — stuck in shackles, just seeing the reflections of the fire — I feel as though the blogging community has begun to break the shackles, but how do we get the rest of the people to follow suit?

What’s the Allegory/Metaphor?

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