Fixing Education’s Historical Fixation

The limitless network of networks that we now inhabit, with its boundless stores of data and information, is quickly democratizing access to knowledge for everyone who has that essential connection to the Internet. This fact alone is already causing the pivotal relationship that has persisted at the heart of formal education since the dawn of history […]

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The Knowledge Boson

 In the first guest post on I Am Learner, Jim Wynn proposes an epistemological analogy with the Higgs-Boson particle….. When you  look at a book on Amazon it very helpfully tells you about the other books people have looked at who also bought the book you are looking at. However what this misses is how […]

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The Dictatorship of No Alternative

‘The dictatorship of no alternative’ is a phrase used by Brazilian social and political commentator (and politician) Roberto Mangabeira Unger. He argues that, too often, those who offer alternatives to the status quo are dismissed either as utopian or trivial. Ideas will be rejected as utopian if they are too distant from the established order; […]

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Learning in Abundance

So I then came to define education as learning under the assumption of scarcity, learning under the assumption that the means for acquiring something called knowledge are scarce. So said Ivan Illich during a series of interviews with David Cayley, first published in 1992, and re-published a couple of years ago in Ivan Illich in […]

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