Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Good essay by Alfie Kohn (a writer I always have a lot of time for). He stresses, as I do, individual autonomy and agency. But let's be clear about what that means: "Autonomous people experience their actions as authentic, integrated, willingly enacted. But that doesn’t mean they see themselves as separate from others or in opposition to the larger culture. This critical but often-overlooked distinction helps us to make sense of the finding that a need for autonomy is experienced even by people in collectivist societies." Or, "Freedom is about empowering us, fulfilling our (not just my) need for autonomy."

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