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Stephen Downes

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I liked the Audrey Watters article in the Baffler (via Doug Belshaw) and largely agree with her criticisms of the 'ed reform' set. But I wonder about this dichotomy she is setting up: the "only a bold, outside innovator can see beyond the constraints that expertise typically places on those working within a field." Are the 'innovators' really working against 'experts'? Yes, I know, among the VC crowd there's a lot of in-group thinking, pitchy narratives and outright hucksterism. But not all experts are on the other side. Some experts (ahem) reject both the ASU+GSV story and the AERA story. The history of ed reform may be a history of the con. But not all innovation is a con.

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