Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
As John Lennon once said, you don't create a revolution by changing the leaders. You only create revolution by changing the people. That is no doubt why activists on all sides of the political spectrum are trying so hard to influence education. But the second part to the saying is this: you don't change the people. The people change themselves. That is the point of this post by Darren Draper and the article he cites by Scott McLeod. That is the paradox of the idea of 'leadership' often invoked by McLeod, as for example when he writes things like "When the leaders don’t 'get it,' it doesn’t happen." And yet, it does happen, often without the knowledge or approval of the leaders - that, indeed, is the point of the article! "A learning revolution has occurred and -given the attention we’ve paid it - it’s as if many of us didn’t care." I think Draper has the better take on this. "Sometimes I think we work too hard to push (force?) those along who will eventually - and very naturally - be left behind," he writes. It is better to "strategically attack each of the barriers that hold so many back" and trust people to move themselves.

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