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February 02, 2007


Dimitar Vesselinov

How about education on demand? Who could build the Education 2.0 platform? Google or a federation of startups? Academic education doesn't work well. It's boring, it's antiquated, it should be fixed. There is a huge market all over the world.

Wikipedia + blogs + Facebook (social networks) + podcasting + videocasting (YouTube) + Flickr + mobile (cell) phones + gaming + IM + VoIP = Education 2.0

"Rather than spending 4 years of your life taking a bunch of courses that may or may not really matter in your life once you graduate, you can choose your education on an 'as needed basis,' based on your unique interests and talents."

Who is interested in this idea?

Dear Dimitar

Very interesting point

I wonder if anyone else has some suggestions?

Thanks for posting and I shall check out the links

Alan :-)

Subbaraman Iyer

I think the one of the fundamental disconnect in our current education system is between teaching and learning. Policy makers and the educationists see the education process as a matter of feeding some useful information to the students; in a standard rigid way, which is sub optimal as learners learn things very differently.

My comments on this 2 approaches as I see it are given below.

Patrizia Broghammer

What should really do education?

The main and important goal of education is making a child "think".
I wrote on the heading of my blog "think and you'll have the problem of disposal of ideas".
Well education should be just this.
Creating the problem of disposal of ideas.
And teaching how to dispose of all the ideas the student has.

The second goald should be to teach not to be afraid to be critical.
"Critical thinking means being able to evaluate evidence, to tell fact from opinion, to see holes in an argument, to tell whether cause and effect has been established and to spot illogic."

And critical thinking helps to use good ideas and discharge the bad ones.
And that is all.
All the rest will come by itself.
Ideas generate new ideas and new ideas a new curiosity for what is around us, and new curiosity will generate new ideas and so on...
And this is what man was made for, living and progressing.

Alan moore

Dear Subbaraman Iyer

Thank you for your comments. I do believe you are right, and was also a point I was trying to make. Children in fact are not built like a machine, which can be fed exactly the same quantities of information in a formulaic way, with expected outputs also being the same.

This is a legacy of living in an industrialised world. In fact the more I think about it the dysfunctional it seems to me. Here we are in the early 21st Century, teaching our kids in much the same way we did 150 years ago.

Also learning is a very personal experience. I could not read until I was 10 years old. People thought at te time I was an ESN (educationally subnormal) Here I am writing away, running my own company. I had to find my own route to finding learning compelling and joyful.

Which is should be as it is also a journey to personal discovery.

I shall go and have a look at your post.

Thank yu for stopping by.

Kind regards

Alan Moore :-)

Alan moore

Dear Patrizia,

Thank you for commenting, the world you describe is one where creativity is unleashed as a perpetual engine that fuels greater curiosity to explore and to learn. And I certainly agree with that.

So thanks for stopping by

Alan Moore

K Satyanarayan

Robert Barr and John Tagg, in a landmark article titled "From Teaching to Learning" (published in the Nov/Dec 1995 issue of Change Magazine) suggested that there was a subtle shift in education taking place from the Instruction Paradigm (schools exist to provide instruction) to the Learning Paradigm (schools exist to produce learning). They compared and contrasted the two paradigms in detail. 12 years on, the shift is still happening.

This article by Barr and Tagg (full text available at is "arguably the most widely cited piece that Change ever published," according to the editor of Change Magazine.

Alan moore

Hello K.

Thank you for pointing me to this article it is much apreciated.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a valuable comment


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