Stephen Downes schreibt für The Huffington Post

Stephen Downes jetzt in der Huffington Post!!

Jochen Robes hat schon recht, das mit zwei Ausrufezeichen zu versehen (bei dreien würde ich mir Sorgen machen ;-)). The Huffington Post ist eines der politisch wichtigsten Online-Publikationen in den U.S.A. Vor drei Wochen hat man dort den Bereich Education eingerichtet, da auch in Amerika eine Debatte zum Bildungssystem geführt wird. Und Downes hat sich vorgenommen, wöchentlich einen Beitrag eben dort zu veröffentlichen:

Rather, it's about a complete redesign of the system, from the ground up, using new technologies and new ideas. That's what I'll be writing about in this column, hopefully once a week, in The Huffington Post's education blogs section. I'll be looking at the people who are building this new system now, at the people who are advocating free, open and authentic learning. I'll be describing the tech from the perspective of someone who builds it, and the philosophy from the point of view of someone who lives it.

Because, you know, change does not come from the system. It does not result from the replacement of one set of leaders with another. It's not something you can create by reshaping old institutions that were designed in a different age for a different purpose. The only real revolution, as John Lennon once said, comes when you change the people. Ourselves. One attitude at a time

Stephen Downes ist so etwas wie ein Alt-68-er und Open Source-Evangelist. Und darum ist er mir so unheimlich sympathisch (ganz abgesehen von seinen fachlichen Qualifikationen). In seinem Artikel gibt er auch schonmal richtig Gas:

When we see even the richest nation in the world struggle with the expense of providing an education for all its citizens, we see the underlying truth to this. The huge expense of education is at once intolerable to anti-tax activists and at the same time irresistible to educational content and service providers.

But if we focus our attention on the needs of learners, all learners, they are not served either by cutting the system to the barest of bare bones or handing of the reins over to the private sector. There is no secret sauce or pixie dust that will repair an unsustainable system. If we want to ensure that learning is provided to all, we need to rethink the basic premises of the education system.

What are we to do?

In the first instance, we need to stop listening to the cranks and the charlatans. We all know who they are, or at least have some idea, so I don't need to belabor this. Suffice to say that each time someone comes up with a crockus, we should ask ourselves whether such a thing makes sense, whether there is a body of evidence and reason behind it, whether such a thing addresses the deep problems in education.

Das passt auf viele andere Staaten, nicht war?

Weiterlesen bei The Huffington Post: Stephen Downes: A World to Change.

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