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Stephen Downes

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I think this article makes some good points and has its heart in the right place. "The traditional "normal" in academia often lacks the richness and dynamism required for robust intellectual discourse and innovation. For generations, academic institutions have been defined by homogeneity, with a limited range of voices, demographics, and perspectives driving the discourse," writes Roohi Ghosh. Now we would like to redress that, to experience again the richness and diversity ideal in scientific enquiry, though there are some loud voices opposed to that. What we need, says Ghosh, are 'mindfulness' and 'personalization'. I think we can be more precise (and more human) here: what we need are 'care' and 'agency'. 

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