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Stephen Downes

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Justin Reich has been getting a lot of press lately. I'm sure he's making some good points, though as usual this review will have to suffice until an open-access version of his book comes out (some people have budgets for books like this; I don't). For now I will just ask whether I am the only one to notice the incongruity of some MIT professor publishing at Harvard University Press (reviewed by Stanford Social Innovation Review) lecturing us about inequality. One wonders whether it's this perspective that allows "slow and steady incremental change" to be sufficient; certainly people at the other end of the inequity scale would prefer to see something more immediate (like say, what MOOCs and OERs and other edtech actually did by putting a lot of learning into the hands of the disadvantaged now rather than some undetermined time in the future).

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