A Manifesto for Community Colleges, Lifelong Learning, and Autodidacts

Sean Michael Morris, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, May 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't agree with everything in this column (or even most of it) but feel it's worth sharing. The proposition is, essentially, that universities have failed in their mission, and that we need to reform the system by bringing in the style and methologies of the community college. "Even the community college, always ready and ripe for experimentation, and built as it is upon the notion of community, will face an enormous challenge making room for the new culture of learning." Obviously, Sean Michael Morris went to a different community college than I did (I remember being deeply dissapointed in how much it resembled high school). Morris continues, "if it is not the community college that will lead the charge in the new educational model, someone must. Someone who is willing to stand back from the authority-driven dispensation of learning and create a pedagogy from what happens already, what happens now." I thought we had done that. But maybe not. (Photo by @Doug88888)

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