Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"The poor children. Think of the children!" They are, says Tom Hobson, the unfortunate victims of 'learning loss', and have fallen badly behind. "But breathe easy. Fortunately, there are heroes here to save the day: for-profit corporations who just happen to sell exactly the lifesavers we need in the form of curricula, text books, and, most importantly, standardized tests." I think both sides of this are exaggerated a bit, but only a bit. To a large degree, I think, 'learning loss' is a manufactured phenomenon. And it's not like learning hasn't been happening all year. Hobson writes, "we can begin to build something new from what we have actually been learning about ourselves and our world. But first we have to throw the 'learning loss' crowd overboard." Via Aaron Davis.

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