Saturday, October 4, 2008

Abundance and scarcity

If students can create their own learning and remove their own boundaries, what would they need school for?

Any technology which creates abundance, poses problems for any process which existed to benefit from scarcity.


  1. If we could create a setting in which students can create their own learning, remove their own boundaries, and become the kinds of individuals that function as thoughtful, caring citizens, well, then maybe school would be superfluous.

    Even though that would cost me my livelihood, it would be a wonderful trade-off. I'd use the same setting to further myself. Who knows, maybe I'd make a living digging clams!

  2. @doyle: I am not sure it would cost us our livelihoods but change it instead. Imagine teaching from your clam bed. Not everyone can do that. I can teach by not being in school at this point. Students message me when they have problems and I check in and respond. I may not need to show up in a school, but creating the environments and constructs takes skill.