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Why School Reform Is Impossible
, , October 3, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The structure of School is so deeply rooted that one reacts to deviations from it as one would to a grammatically deviant utterance: Both feel wrong on a level deeper than one's ability to formulate reasons. This phenomenon is related to 'assimilation blindness' insofar as it refers to a mechanism of mental closure to foreign ideas. I would make the relation even closer by noting that when one is not paying careful attention, one often actually hear the deviant utterance as the 'nearest' grammatical utterance a transformation that might bring drastic change in meaning." Total: 1481
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