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Stephen Downes

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Grade 7 was the year my rebellion against school started. I still feel it was justified. As Scott McLeod suggests here, schools can be perceived as totalitarian regimes. To the students, who are told when to speak and when not to, when to stand, and where to be, they can certainly feel like that. I still remember being sent to the office for punishment after convincing everyone in the line to get into class to make clanking chain noises, as though we were prisoners. Because we were prisoners. That was just the beginning of many more incidents. My own experience, though, doesn't even compare to some of the cases McLeod documents here. I think people tend to forget than when talking about how great in-person school is. But me, I never forget. Image: Schools, Prisons and Foucault.

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