What can now arise to confront the unfortunate trajectory of philosophy, which considers knowledge as its end rather than as the means to some greater purpose of truth and justice?
The limitation of online instruction is that much of it presumes education is entirely a matter of information transfer...and forgets that humans require more than answers to questions in order to live educated (and liberated) lives. The big question we face politically with both funding of the arts and with online schooling is really one … Continue reading The Limitations of Online Learning
Popular calls for education reform to produce 'functions' of creativity only provide an ironic outline of what is missing from this functional education system: the human element. Education must produce humans. Creativity is a natural expression of humanity. In order to teach someone what it means to be human, there must be some understanding of what this is or how it might look.
incentives like autonomy, mastery, and purpose outweigh the potential of grades as incentives for student motivation
This TED talk by Richard Baraniuk outlines an idea of a "knowledge ecosystem" in which users become contributors and producers. Create, Mix, Rip, Burn - basically build upon the ideas of others to make learning bigger, more accessible, culturalized, and personalized. Click here to visit http://openstaxcollege.org where this process began and continues to grow.
In this second scenario, the university will become the center for the development of the individual as a holistic being who not only thinks and feels, but breathes and moves and loves and creates and will never be confined to a cog in the digital machinery of the information age.
This post was first published at http://www.listenlovelead.com/discovering-mendota-blog I was talking with a friend today about the depersonalization of the college experience that Palmer decries in his book and he replied that I was forgetting about the perspective of the organization. Organizations exist to perpetuate their existence. Business is an organization that survives on the basis … Continue reading Student vs. College