Coming Home: Returning to a Pedagogy of Small

Tanya Elias, Here to There, Aug 20, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

We know what the problem is. "What happens when software engineers begin to believe that they can solve complex social problems in which they have neither background nor context? What happens to us, to our world, when we start to believe that they can too?" But where does the problem originate? It's  in power and interactions, best studied by looking at (say) people like Foucault or Skinner, not algorithms or data sets. " Foucault (1988) identified four main types of technologies that are in constant interaction with one another. These four technologies include production, sign systems, power and self." And this takes us from the men who imagine things like the XPrize to the children who organize their learning themselves.

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