3 Important Shifts in Education

George Couros, Connected Principals, Apr 01, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I honestly don't think any of these three shifts is a real thing. I could be wrong of course. But they have the air and feel of representing things that (some) people would like to happen, rather than what's actually happening. Here are the shifts:

  • from 'digital citizenship' to 'digital empathy'
  • from 'student voice' to 'student leadership'
  • from 'growth mindset' to 'innovator mindset'

It's not that I actually oppose any of these. But I'd really want to reframe them, because they feel like a marketing campaign looking for a product. I just don't think they address core issues. Indeed, they seem to me like ways to avoiding core issues.

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