The Future of Learning Is DIY

Harold Jarche, Weblog, Feb 26, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It has taken me a while to put my finger on exactly what it is that bothers me about the 'School 2.0' movement that has developed in the States, but I think this item on the issues before us comes closest. "By locking into the concept of 'school' the proponents, while looking for all the world like they are embracing change, are in fact freezing the state of education into an archaic past, where the school is the centre and where everything else - including the students - revolve around that central concept." The reason why I think this way is because of the sort of thing summarized here by Harold Jarche (from Donald Clark) - "Could it be that powerful, everyday 'e-learning' has crept up on the world, separate from all the academic and institutional noise, and in a consumerist fashion?"
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