teachers are laborers, not merchants

teachers are laborers, not merchants I’ve said this before: if education was really about access to information, then anyone with a library card could have skipped college well before the internet. The idea that the internet suddenly made education obsolete because it freed information from being hidden away presumes that information was kept under lock and key. […]

Chronicle.com: What made you decide to leave your post as a professor and dean at MIT to start your own university? Christine Ortiz: I’ve been at MIT for 17 years, and it’s been amazing. And I’ve always been interested in curriculum and thinking about the future of the research university, and I did a lot […]

In other words: technology’s not the problem. It’s the context. Just ask Plato about writing, or Gutenburg about books, or Dante about Italian, or painters about photography, or record company executives about sampling … The Liberal Arts Are Dead — The Synapse — Medium

By denying students the use of technology in the classroom, we send the message that technology is a distraction from real learning. I find this perspective increasingly untenable. Gerald R. Lucas, The Liberal Arts Are Dead — The Synapse — Medium

This system creates students, first, then functionaries upon graduation that learn the “official angle” and cannot operate without the hierarchy of control. Imagination and creativity only get in the way of the obedience necessary to function successfully in those bureaucracies. The problem is, Sterling observed in 2000, that the stable roles (jobs) this system used […]

Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit

Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit infoneer-pulse: infoneer-pulse: In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program. The universities — […]

As soon as two speakers exchange utterances, there’s an objective relationship between their competences, not only their linguistic competence (their more or less complete command of the legitimate language) but also their whole social competence, their right to speak, which depends objectively on their sex, their age, their religion, their economic and social status, all […]

jtotheizzoe: Pokémon vs Phylomon Since a 2002 study showed that kids knew more about the types of Pokémon than they did common wildlife species, the creators of Phylo have devised a solution: A trading card game based on real species knowledge. Phylomon! Gotta classify ‘em all! Think it could work? I dunno. Until we can […]

rafaelfajardo: Education. Kahn Academy precursor. Available at any office supply store near you. At a price point that is considered “remainder” for traditional book publishers.

Education. Kahn Academy precursor. Available at any office supply store near you. At a price point that is considered “remainder” for traditional book publishers.