At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators

Jeffrey R. Young, Observatoire de Paris, Mar 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm sure it was a lot of fun, but from my more northern cynical perspective, the Big Fight seems skewed from the start, pitting the debate as it does as one between 'entrepreneurs' and 'educators'. Neither one, I notice, is the learner. And if there is a debate between them, it's how to capitalize off the needs of the learner. This is not disguised by the use of soft temrs like 'educator' and 'entreprenueur', as most students understand these to be synonyms of 'school-master' and 'boss' (or even worse, 'banker'). But that's how these debates - and all debates - work. By the time the debate begins, the real issues have been settled.

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