Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I believe I am an effective public scholar, though I can't imagine I'm on Frederick Hess's list of those "who had the biggest influence on the nation's education discourse last year," mostly because I don't really think that's the mark of being an effective public scholar. So too with his criteria: "disciplinary scholarship, policy analysis and popular writing, convening and shepherding collaborations, providing incisive commentary, and speaking in the public square." These are the marks of a successful lobbyist, not a public scholar. I fear he has confused the two professions. Image: the same article, on Hess's own website, sort of.

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