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Stephen Downes

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I have two thoughts about the core proposal of this article, which is this: making purpose central to education, where purpose is "a future-directed goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self." On the one hand, I think having a sense of purpose is one of the things you really need to learn. It's basically the tenth item on my list. On the other hand, if you leave out the other nine points (and especially 'how to value yourself') then the 'purpose-driven education' becomes a recipe for 'education as a recruitment tool' for various 'larger than the self' organizations.

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