Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
responds to my recent expression of concern about the commercialization of learning saying, essentially, that education is already a business, becoming more explicitly so, and so we'd better learn to deal with it. He calls his approach the 'pragmatic response' - that "argues that we should find practical ways of operating within this new environment" - as compared to what he styles my 'political response'. Except that I have utterly no faith in the political process to reverse the commercialization of edcucation. My response, I would say, is better characterized as a combination 'social and technological' response. The only way to respond to the commercialization of learning, I would say, is to make commercialized learning obsolete.

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