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Stephen Downes

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This post doesn't actually explain what is meant by 'decolonizing learning technology', and perhaps that would have been to expect too much. And I don't think it would have been possible from the starting point selected, which defines 'decolonization' as, in part, "a paradigm shift from a culture of exclusion and denial to the making of space for other political philosophies and knowledge systems." The 'other' in this definition is of course is defined from the colonizer's perspective. Similarly, reference to "the dominant white anglophone majority" applies only in a specific context. The relevant word in the definition is 'dominant', and to decolonize is for the dominant (whoever they are) to stop being dominant. But how then could they manage the process of decolonization? That, of course, i's precisely the point of contention, which is probably there is so much dancing around it.

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