Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I didn't know Joe Bower, didn't read his website, and hadn't heard of him before today. That, very obviously, was my loss. On reading today of his passing and having a look at his work, I have to say, he is a person we should take note of and recognize for his good work. David Wees talks about some of the conversations he had with Joe Bower: "Why do we give grades to students anyway? Does this help them learn? What about homework? Does this practice help students learn? If not, why are we still doing it? What about school discipline? Do our current practices help students? If not, why not change them?" I think his website is a fine legacy and I hope it doesn't simply disappear.

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