Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This is a fabulous video that provides an overview of our consumption-driven wasteful economy and describes it (accurately) as a system in crisis. As the NY Times says, "it has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution."

Of course, the coverage is keen to represent the other side of the story. "A school board in Missoula County, Mont., decided that screening the video treaded on academic freedom after a parent complained that its message was anticapitalist." This is a fascinating ruling, given that it is not likely that a capitalist message anywhere has been judged to tread on academic freedom on grounds that it ignores anticapitalism.

From my perspective, this video, though simplistic (as is necessary when describing a global system in 20 minutes) is essential viewing. It is an essentially accurate representation of the problem we face as a global society. And it represents one of the key ways in which technology in the classroom can have a beneficial and sustaining effect on society as a whole. I've posted a summary of the video on my Half an Hour blog.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 07:27 a.m.