Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Yesterday I disagreed with Ben Werdmuller; today I agree with him. "I don't see government services as monopolies in the business sense. They're services in the civil sense: social infrastructure for all... I strongly believe that private schools shouldn't exist... Private schools, and private colleges, entrench existing power networks. Why shouldn't a kid who happened to be born poor, or in the wrong neighborhood, have access to them?" Exactly. To my mind, a lot of the focus on content and instruction in learning (including higher learning) is a red herring to lead us away from this real function of private educational institutions and to make us think that if kids are getting the same learning they are getting the same opportunity.

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