Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Downes on change

This article by Stephen Downes in the Huffington Post is getting a lot of exposure. He explores personal learning environments, networks and knowledge (PLENK).

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know exactly who Stephen is. The problem is, while there are pockets of people who are familiar with his work and actively engage in the debate sparked by his posts, there are great swathes of people who should be thinking along the lines that Stephen addresses, but don't... and have no idea who he is, either. As a result, they continue to churn out the same old same old.

The expression goes, if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got. These days, with change and progress being as fast as it is, I think if you do what you've always done, the best you can possibly hope for is what you've always got, but even that will be a stretch.

Hopefully, articles like this will take the ideas into the mainstream.

1 comment:

V Yonkers said...

The Huggington Post in the US is almost as influential as the New York Times. While I don't agree many times with Stephan, I whole heartedly endorse the issues he addresses and brings up for debate. Hopefully now, more people will begin to debate the real issues of education in the US rather than relying on test scores which the majority of the country do not even believe in.