Digital Differentiation

Rob Watson, The Hechinbger Report, Nov 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Too many teachers have no respect for authority and are hampering schools’ attempts to improve standards," reports the Independent. "Some teachers simply will not accept that a school isn’t a collective but an organisation with clear hierarchies and separate duties." Nor should they. If we've learned anything about education over the years, it's that it functions better in a collegial and - dare I say it! - collective manner. Education is about conversation, give and take, and interaction - not following orders and filling boxes. "The expectation that we should Think for Ourselves is what fuelled innovation and progress in Western society since the Enlightenment," writes Rob Watson. "Why should independent thinking be stymied now?"

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