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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The Canadian Council on Learning has released a comprehensive report on prior learning, an event I mark by citing, with approval, CEO Paul Cappon's remarks on the topic; "Too often we think of learning almost exclusively in terms of 'schooling' of one sort or another. This is a limiting attitude in a number of ways. Before there was widespread access to schools, most people learned informally through example, trial-and-error, mentoring, contact with elders and peers, and so on. We continue to gain valuable knowledge in this manner-in addition to whatever levels of formal education and training we may attain. A narrowly defined 'schooling only' response to the skills and learning challenges with which this report deals is an insufficient response to Canada's current demographic, economic and social circumstances."

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