Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I grind my teeth every time The Next Chapter plays on CBC because it feels to me like an endorsement of, and advertising for, traditional print media over the wealth of other media out there. I feel the same about other media outlets that structure their coverage around what books and newspapers have to say. And this applies to learning, so I agree with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) when they say "Students should examine how digital media and popular culture are completely intermingled with language, literature, and writing," in their recent position statement, Media Education in English Language Arts. "The time has come to decenter book reading and essay writing as the pinnacles of English language arts education." This post by Tim Stahmer is a response to Jay Matthews, who reacts to the NCTE position with horror, though as Stahmer says, the NCTE's core motivation "is absolutely correct, and way overdue."

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