Community-Focused Versus Market-Driven Education

Matthew Metzgar, Digital Pedagogy Lab, Jan 25, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The thrust of this fairly detailed article is that "though the true purpose of public education is clear — to provide benefits to individuals and communities — education is now becoming more aligned with the purposes of firms; all of which may lead to richer companies but poorer (in an educational sense) communities." I don't agree with the dichotomies set up in the article - in particular, I don't associate technology use with corporate control - but I am nonetheless wary of corporate influence. After all, we have the example of how a focus on market forces rather than communities has served traditional media, which now struggles both for credibility and sustainability.

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