Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I can't praise the writing (and the over-use of one line paragraphs), but the core thesis seems correct: many valid criticisms of academia are being 'swept away' through criticisms of neo-liberal doctrine and the idea of students as consumers. People say that students are 'too sensitive', according to the author, but they need to be 'too sensitive' in order to respond to questionable priorities and outright discrimination in the current system. It's akin to the use of the term 'politically correct' to dismiss legitimate grievances, to my mind. As Ahmed writes, "Those who are accused of harassment can argue, or at least imply, that students who challenge their practices are acting like consumers, being censoring, over-sensitive, or just complaining."

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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