The information society, notwithstanding the new knowledge techniques it heralds, raises the question of whether the educational content it carries will enhance or, on the contrary, diminish the knowledge of the individual. The focus up to now has been on the potential offered by information highways, through the revolutionary quasiinstantaneousness that the INTERNET, for instance, brings to contacts between firms, researchers and academics. The fear is the risk that the quality of multi-media products, particularly in educational software, could lead to knowledge of the “lowest common denominator” in which people lose their historical, geographical and cultural bearings.


Finally, education and training must draw on the new communication technologies and harness their full potential. In the long run every class should have the necessary equipment allowing young people access to the world of computers. This means, in particular, that Europe must adopt new high-quality teaching instruments adapted to its educational and cultural traditions.

European commission

European Commission. (1995). White paper on education and learning – Teaching and learning: towards the learning society, 70. Retrieved from