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Stephen Downes

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Clark Quinn's moonshot is this: "I'd like to see an entire K12 curriculum online." But he has some conditions. "It can't be the existing curriculum," he writes. "Common Core isn't evil, but it's still focused on a set of elements that are out of touch." Um, OK. Also: "it can't be the existing pedagogy... Instruction is designed action and guided reflection." OK, that's one view. Finally, "having a teacher support component along with every element is important." So, I'm sympathetic, but I'm sceptical of a moonshot that people can't currently use and won't be able to use in their actual schools even when trained. I think that instead of thinking of education as one big thing, like sending a person to the moon, it's better to think of it like many little things, like words and sentences and languages, that anybody can use.

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