Microsoft's Class Action

Elizabeth Svoboda, Fast Company, Aug 22, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a good article, well worth reading, that looks at both the benefits of Microsoft's involvement with school redevelopment in the Philadelphia school system, but also touches on some of the dangers of corporate involvement in redefining education. When schools come to depend on the infusion of talent and money from a corporation, what happens when the corporation pulls out (or threatens to pull out unless the learning takes on a pro-corporate spin)? I think schools - and, indeed, the concept of schooling - can and should include many of the ideas Microsoft is bringing to the table. But what we see at this school is an intensive, hands-on and expensive way of doing it. We need to be thinking about the other practicality - how to make learning affordable and accessible to everyone (on their own terms). Via Tim Stahmer.
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