Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Vicki Davis's heart is in the right place, and her proposal to have people volunteer, via Skype connections, to teach online at a school "in the most impoverished areas" (I assume she means areas in the United States) echoes comments made here and elsewhere to the effect that the future of learning online is one in which every person is a teacher. Here, for example. But why Skype? Why volunteers? And why only the disadvantaged? Education isn't some sort of charity to be meted out by volunteers at their convenience. It is a social necessity. And like other essential services, such as food and shelter support or health care, it should be fully funded from tax dollars, and distributed in equal proportions to each child in the community.

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