Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I have my questions about former MIT Chancellor Phillip L Clay's proposal to renew African education, but the report he refers to is neither named nor hyperlinked, so all we have is this column. In it, he proposes what amounts to a recreation of the elite university system for Africans, on condition that "governments would promise that students from their country would receive the resources that would otherwise be available for the best opportunities in their countries." Also, "by closely fitting education with industrial development, and by aggressively leveraging global sourcing of knowledge and resources to build first-class institutions" and "enrolments would be sized to foster excellence (ie., small)." No mass education for Africa. Clay should make this paper available online and be held to account for his policy positions and advocacy.

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