Diversity, Justice, and Democratization in Open Education and #opened17

George Veletsianos, Aug 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The ripples from OpenEd17 continue to spread. This post looks at some controversy surrounding the opening keynote as the organization associated with the keynote is opposed to gays and lesbians (LGBTQ) as noted here. It raises the question of what 'open' in 'open education' means. My experience is that most societies (including my own) are usually intolerant of some thing or another. I'm really open and unequivocally in favour of LGBTQ rights. But I'm not going to stop talking to (or listening to) people because their sense of openness differs from mine, because if I did that, I would have to stop listening to most people in the world. Openness is a qualify we should expect of ourselves rather than a hammer we will use to judge others.

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