Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens, elearnspace, Apr 24, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens offers a longish post on the Education Innovation Summit, another proud product sponsored by the Gates Foundation and a bunch of publishers. He says he'll be back again; they'll probably invite him if he keeps saying things like "entrepreneurship is a good thing in education" and "Many parts of the education system are in horrible shape." That said, if you read through to the bottom (and get past the horrible one, two or three word paragraphs - they're becoming a trend and education writers have got to stop using them) you begin to see his doubts: "Summit attendees are building something that will impact education. I’m worried that this something may be damaging to learners and society while rewarding for investors and entrepreneurs." This, I guess, is the difference between myself and Siemens: I start with the doubts, having seen so much evidence that they're warranted, and don't apologize for having them. But the entrepreneurs don't want to hear such doubts. "The conference was mono-voiced," as Siemens says.
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