Navcon2k7, Fruit Bats, Terrigal Beach and Love Poems

Artichoke, Website, Oct 08, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What are we trying to teach when we teach? Probably one of these:
* Socialisation - the challenge of adapting the child to society
* Acculturation - the challenge of conveying the essence of a culture
* Individuation - that educational fostering of autonomy and authenticity
Artichoke writes, "Harpaz argued that we have a contradiction within schools because we have fused these three ideologies and because these ideologies helplessly contradict each other - we never progress." Which is true enough. But she notes, "The essential contradiction in Harpaz's keynote comes from an assumption that when we educate we make something happen. Causal thinking aligned to institutional practice." Which is also true.
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