Education and, of course, the Net

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. 

Roger Schank: the on line education revolution: its all about the design

Learning by doing is really how we learn: Teaching others to do this is the next step in the education revolution

@aronsolomon – Generation Why

We had two sources of information: adults in our limited networks and the few books in the public library. We learned painfully passively and tentatively. We were pre-pre-digital, Generation Why is post-digital. They have eclipsed the foundation of their digital native-ness to make information work for them. Done well, it’s an art form of depth and texture.

@CathyNDavidson – Standardizing Human Ability – via @quinnovator

And in the first burst of Fordist assembly line labor, educators took the apparatus of scientific labor management and turned it into scientific learning management. Virtually all of the protocols now in place for measuring academic success are based on Taylorist principles. Not on ages’ old traditions of learning, but on a system of reducing human qualities to measurable, standardized productivity designed for the assembly line.

@S4pattern – @jerrymichalski Education as Embracing Agency

This caught my attention: “What we really want is for kids to have again a sense of agency.” He variously describes agency as: permission; the ability to do something, to act on something; a sense that it’s ok to go out and change your world, to try to make a difference; a responsibility for the task at hand.

@dweinberger – Louis C.K. and the Decent Net, or How Louis won the Internet

The Internet is a calamity of norms. Too many cultures, too many localities, too many communities, each with its own norms. And there’s no global agreement on principles that will sort things out for us. In fact, people who disagree based on principles often feel entitled to demonize their opponents because they differ on principles. The only hope for living together morally on the Net is to try not to be dicks to one another. I’m not saying it’s obvious how to apply that rule. And I’m certainly not saying that we’ll succeed at it. But now that we’ve been thrown together without any prior agreement on norms or principles, what else can we do except try to treat each other with trust and a touch of sympathy?