Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The five concerns listed are: teacher working conditions, public funding of private schools, equity in admissions, chatGPT, and education funding. While I note that this is offered in an Australian context, I still wonder whether these are the five most important issues facing education today. But as I think about it, it seems to me that the issues that are important are also hard to articulate. How, for example, do we learn how to learn? What skills are needed for life in a dynamic, information-rich and constantly changing environment? How do we help people make good value judgements? How can we learn to structure global society to avoid sectarian violence? These are the sorts of issues that keep me up at night, and yet they can barely be articulated in the context of contemporary schooling.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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