February 10, 2012
What's the point of education?
The Guardian, February 10, 2012.
I'm not so sure I would have it in me to write an entire article in the form of questions, but I appreciate the experimentation. In this article, Doug Belshaw argues (asks?) that the purpose of education is something worth debating, suggesting that "there a disconnect between what your parents/guardians thought was the purpose of education and what your school believed" and "the 'deep grammar' of schooling (was) different from the explicit aims of the school" (both points, of course, phrased in the form of a question. When I wrote to purpose/ed I wrote that the purpose of an education is personal empowerment, but I will admit as well that I'm enthralled by Josie Fraser's suggestion of the "idea of giving young people access to things 'unimagined and unencountered'." Indeed, I can't imagine a young life without exploration and discovery, each child the hero of his or her ever-widening universe.
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“Open Network” Tests
Weblogg-Ed, February 10, 2012.
I was talking with someone after my talk today about exactly this: as Jonathan Martin’s asked, "We know that content memorization must no longer [be] the goal of our learning programs; what our goal must be is that students can make the most sense of the voluminous and fast-accelerating quantity of information which will forever be at their fingertips, and about which they must be able to think critically, to select, to evaluate, to apply, and to amend as they tackle challenging problems. So why shouldn’t our school-tests evaluate our students ability to do exactly this?"
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Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning
elearnspace, February 10, 2012.
Notes and thoughts by George Siemens on the topic of openness from a presentation he gave at TEDxEdmonton (or as I call it, TEDmonton). "My argument," writes Siemens, "is that openness has not been oversold and that increased openness (of content, teaching/learning, analytics, policy, data, and technology) is really the only path forward for reform." As most people can imagine, I am in agreement with that sentiment. In particular, argues Siemens, there is a need for open analytics. He writes, "A few months ago, we released a concept paper on open learning analytics (.pdf). The goal of this paper is to draw attention to the need for algorithmic transparency in order to ensure that context and the needs of individual learners are reflected in teaching and learning."
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