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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
People keep saying that the way to achieve high educational outcomes is to do this to teachers or that to classes, and on and on. And so they create this (artificial) demand that online learning must improve outcomes. But it won't. Eliminating income inequality will imporve educational outcomes:

The main achievement of online learning is to improve access, and if it improves outcomes, it's mostly because internet technology helps people who were poor improve their position in life. What does this tell me? Well, first, the school reformers are mostly flim-flam artists, because this statistic is known and widely established. And second, we know how to improve educational outcomes, but the solution - achieving some sort of income equity in society - is so distasteful to some people they'd do anything rather than see poor people become less poor.

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