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Thanks for sharing Jon, and that article is mind blowing and full of reality. What we are facing today is control on human thought, rather than giving everyone ability to learn in enjoyable, flexible and creative manner. In general sense, what students are racing for is to get better grades at the end of course and very few actually taking just for the sack of actual learning, is that pressure from society, your family, your co-worker and from within.
I am big fan of Open Learning Concept where there is no boundary, no restriction and at least no money involve. Anyone can share and learn from each other by collaborating.
We should consider our self as students for life, like a famous saying "Learn like you never going to die, and live like you will die tomorrow" apologies if did not say it right.
Shafiq February 25, 2015 - 1:28pm
At first glance, I thought to myself, "well why don't we want to leverage personalized learning?!?" Many a person has said that they are a [visual/audio/independent study] type of learning, or "I learn better when [blank condition]".
But after reading the referenced article, I can see what was meant - it's not what I thought at all. I don't know whether the "each person has their own learning style" stuff is myth or not, but I can see the controversy. It sounds like people are capitalizing on these 'myths' - true or not.
These notions seem to be conventional wisdom, so leave it to the free market to capitalize on parents who want to believe that their *ahem* snowflake is different from every other snowflake. It seems that rather than teachers adjusting to their students, or tweaking a class or grouping of students, it makes the education system formulaic. This idea of personalized learning seems really dangerous - that it allows a computer formula to gradually adjust test (task) difficulty until individual students succeed. Sometimes we need to push people, we need to let them fail and put themselves back together. Learning can be acheived through pressure and adversity if used correctly.
Louis Lemaire 3 hours ago