The Business of Education

Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, May 29, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

responds to my recent expression of concern about the commercialization of learning saying, essentially, that education is already a business, becoming more explicitly so, and so we'd better learn to deal with it. He calls his approach the 'pragmatic response' - that "argues that we should find practical ways of operating within this new environment" - as compared to what he styles my 'political response'. Except that I have utterly no faith in the political process to reverse the commercialization of edcucation. My response, I would say, is better characterized as a combination 'social and technological' response. The only way to respond to the commercialization of learning, I would say, is to make commercialized learning obsolete.
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