How to Teach Pivotability, Not Stability

Alex Ellison, The Synapse, Sept 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is just a short post to highlight an article where the author hasn't throught the concept through. She wants to use the word "pivot", because it's the new buzzword among startups (and in the business press generally). It means, basically, to do something different when what you're doing now is failing. For example, when Coursera could make enough money as a MOOC provider, it decided to 'pivot' to corporate learning. Anyhow, as the title suggests, the author wants to "prepare future pivoters." So we need to "teach broad, theoretical knowledge to stimulate the thinking, scrutinizing and critiquing muscles along with technical knowledge to give context and show real-world applications." OK. All reasonable. But let's think about this a moment. Does she really mean 'pivotability'? No. She means balance.

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