Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I think there's a really good point in this article, though it's a little bit buried. So let me draw it out : through the crises of 2020 - global warming and fires, the coronovirus, social justice issues, and the plague of disinformation - the core failures have not been in science and technology, but rather, in social and human skills. To be sure, we expect science and technology to be deployed to address these and other issues, but it does no good if people won't listen to them or use them. That is why it is a mistake for governments like those in Australia and New Brunswick (two examples mentioned in this article) to focus exclusively on STEM education, even to the point of imposing a penalty on those who choose other fields. That's why OECD's student assessment program has begun assessing global competence. That's why "complex comprehension of history and literature and the nature of truth (are) particularly important... In the age of Black Lives Matter, rising Indigenous activism and substantial public engagement we need to educate people to take responsible action toward collective well-being."

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