On Listing Education Innovators and Intellectuals

Audrey Watters, Universities Canada, Jan 10, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Audrey Watters takes down (quite rightly, I feel) the lists of 'influential' people in education that have appeared recently. "Frankly," she writes, "I think all 3 of these lists – Byers’ list, Forbes’ list, Hess’s list – are connected to this machinery. The machinery of privilege and exploitation. Insults to our intelligence. The right of false naming. Gestures of obliviousnesses. Genuflections to financial and political power. Disdain towards marginalized voices. The erasure of progressive activism. A wishful denial of progressive change."

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