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Stephen Downes

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OK, what I learn here is that the attacks on methods and process that I've been seeing recently are part of an organized movement. It wasn't just coincidence that, for example, Dan Willingham started with videos attacking learning styles or that Ken DeRosa began attacking critical thinking. Their target is the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an organization seeking to foster critical thinking, information and communication skills, interpersonal and self-direction skills, financial and civic literacy. The attack is being mounted by the Core Knowledge Foundation, founded in 1986 to propose a common core of knowledge to be taught everywhere. You can find their blog here. Yes, I know, this is all old news to U.S. readers, probably. But the rest of us aren't always in on the politics that, very unfortunately, seems to drive so much work in our field.

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