Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This post feels to me to be well-intentioned, but I am concerned that it unnecessarily constrains what counts as measures to increase equity. The authors argue that "the institution of education (and those in power struggling to keep control of it) is continuing the schooling assembly line by mechanizing equity." But, they argue, "equity is not a tool that improves machine operation. It is a way of being in the human condition... if we are truly ready to weave equity into schooling, we must dismantle the machine and emancipate equity for learning justice." Education that priorizes equity, they argue, is education that is "organized and facilitated in the community." I don't think equity entails communitarianism, and I don't think that the only effective routes to equity are low-tech hands-on approaches.

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