7 'Bad Language' Habits in Learning

Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, Jun 30, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The language we use in education has a large influence on how we view learning, and much of it comes from an industrial perspective, says Donald Clark. His view on assessment, for instance - "Language of assessment is the language of fear and failure. We sit exams and tests. We pass or fail. It's a red pen culture, where failure is failure, not an opportunity to try again, overcome and succeed. It's the finality of failure - no second chances that make it all so depressing." This is definitely the wrong perspective for someone starting a new job or a business. In an interconnected world, a major challenge for our educational institutions and workplaces is integrating learning with our work. That means breaking learning out of the training/education silo, which of course may unsettle many in positions of authority. -HJ
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