Sure, you can get facts into people's head quite quickly using direct instruction. But if you want them to learn - and keep on learning - you have to try something else. So shows this MIT study, at least. "Explicit instruction makes children less likely to engage in spontaneous exploration and discovery... The danger is leading children to believe that they’ve learned all there is to know, thereby discouraging independent discovery. 'If I teach you this one thing and then I stop, then you may say, ‘Well that’s probably all there is,’' Schulz says." This link is particularly relevant given the recent argument between David Wiley and myself (and Wiley's reply).
A little off topic, but this observation is bang-on: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." I can think of no end of examples of this. Doug Johnson notes that some others have found a list as well: " Miguel Guhlin and Jennifer LaGarde both list topics they're tired of debating: copyright, education reform via staff development, e-books, social media in education, 21st century skills, etc."
Excerpt of an interview (full version here) by Richard Poynder of one of the leaders of the open access movement, Peter Suber (not the leader because I would say Stevan Harnad is equally important). "The growing number of conversions from TA to OA suggests to me that small and medium-sized publishers are starting to see OA less as a threat and more as a survival strategy. The big deals are soaking up library budgets."
Derek Keats posts this nice link to a talk by Egan Moglen bemoaning the loss of anonymity and personal freedom on the net. "Without anonymity the human race will not be human any more... Every morning I see people wearing dog collars, reporting their location ever 70 seconds to Steven K Jobs." He describes a thing called the 'freedom box', a server stack you can have in your home, that will provide you with the services and networking you need if net services are shut down. Played it on Ed Radio during a Google Plus hangout. I also played this video by Moglen, 'How I discovered Free Software and met RMS'.
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