Feeling Out of Place

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Aug 28, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley expresses concern that the open education movement is becoming too radicalized. It is tempting to simply dismiss his extreme rhetoric ("people are rallying around and strapping bombs to their chests"?) but this is just the sort of overblown and misrepresentative reaction that made the words "liberal" and "socialism" taboo in the United States. So I don't take them lightly. Nor do I think we should attempt to institutionalize, to "find a way to begin to speak at the power table," as George Siemens suggests. I believe, and have since I began work on these issues in the early 1980s, that access to education is a fundamental right, and that a system that depends for its entire economic model on denying access to education is fundamentally flawed.
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