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"Far from the democratic education we claim to have, what we really have in place is a sophisticated colonial model of education designed primarily to train teachers in ways in which the intellectual dimension of teaching is often devalued. The major objective of a colonial education is to further de-skill teachers and students to walk unreflectively through a labyrinth of procedures and techniques. If follows, then, that what we have in place in the United States is not a system that encourages independent thought and critical thinking. On the contrary, our so-called democratic schools are based on an instrumental skills-banking approach that often prevents the development of the kind of thinking that enables one to 'read the world' critically and to understand the reasons and linkages behind facts." - Noam Chomsky
noamchomsky  education  miseducation  colonialism  unschooling  deschooling  learning  intellectualism  criticalthinking  democracy  via:leighblackall  training 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Deliberations: Etienne Wenger: Landscapes of Practice
"The human world can be viewed as a huge collection of communities of practice—some very prominent and recognized, others hardly visible. Our learning can then be understood as a trajectory through this landscape of practices: entering some communities, being invited or rejected, remaining visitors, crossing boundaries, being stuck, and moving on. In such a landscape, both the core of communities of practice and their boundaries offer opportunities for learning. Learning is not merely the acquisition of a body of knowledge, but a journey of the self. Achieving a high level of “knowledgeability” is a matter of negotiating a productive identity with respect to the various practices that constitute this landscape."
via:leighblackall  étiennewenger  learning  community  communities  unschooling  deschooling  identity  practice  self-knowledge 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Advances in research on networked ... - Google Books
"Networked learning is learning in which information and communications technology (ICT) is used to promote connections: between one learner and other learners; between learners and tutors; between a learning community and its learning resources. Networked learning is an area which has great practical and theoretical importance. It is a rapidly growing area of educational practice, particularly in higher education and the corporate sector. This volume brings together some of the best research in the field, and uses it to signpost some directions for future work. The papers in this collection represent a major contribution to our collective sense of recent progress in research on networked learning. In addition, they serve to highlight some of the largest or most important gaps in our understanding of studentsa? perspectives on networked learning, patterns of interaction and online discourse, and the role of contextual factors…"
books  networkedlearning  education  learning  via:leighblackall  2004 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Curtis gets Curtised | Abject [This is good.]
"I’m only one-third through Adam Curtis’s latest film, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, and as usual I am hooked in and provoked by his work. But as with his previous films, there is a certain something about how Curtis constructs his arguments… The way he picks out a distinct element or personal value and makes it the core value that explains EVERYTHING. Don’t get me wrong, I would describe The Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares, and The Trap as essential viewing, and since his films are readily available online I hope lots of people watch them. He’s also a brilliant blogger.

But I can’t ignore that something feels off for me in his rhetorical concatenations… and this slick parody helps me to understand what that something is:"

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adamcurtis  satire  style  documentary  allwathedoverbymachinesoflovinggrace  via:leighblackall  bbc  2011  video  collagevideo  collage 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Where the Green Ants Dream - Wikipedia
"Where the Green Ants Dream (German: Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen) is a 1984 film by German film director Werner Herzog. It is set in the Australian desert and is about a land feud between a mining company and the native Aborigines. The Aborigines claim that an area the mining company wishes to work on is the place where green ants dream, and that disturbing them will destroy humanity. The film was entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival."
film  wernerherzog  towatch  australia  aborigines  mining  development  landfeuds  1984  via:leighblackall 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Jay Shafer: The Politics of Tiny Houses
"In February, 2011, we spent a couple of hours with Jay Shafer (Tumbleweed Tiny House Company), in his 96 square foot house-on-wheels in Sebastopol, California. Jay is one of the more well-known and successful tiny house designers, and there’s no denying the “curb appeal” of his designs. That appeal is generated by Jay’s careful attention to proportion as well as by his decisions about which elements to include in–and more precisely, what to leave out of—his designs. But as much as he enjoys talking about design, what he really wanted to talk about was the politics of tiny houses. Why building and zoning codes are stacked against tiny houses, how the costs of purchase and upkeep compare to the big houses he calls “debtors’ prisons”, and why, when the Big One shakes the land around San Francisco Bay, he’d rather be in his tiny house than anywhere else."
tinyhouses  houses  housing  politics  jayshafer  homes  via:leighblackall  sanfrancisco 
march 2011 by robertogreco
DIY U: Digital Apprenticeship and the Modern Guild | e-Literate
"Jim Groom suggested apprenticeship might be a good model for networked learning, particularly for those students who are not auto-didactic…a model that is well understood, can work for a variety of topics in less formal settings, can get learners productive on certain tasks quickly, & can get the benefits of scale by using modern communications technologies…So in this post, I’m going to consider the question of what it would take to embed apprenticeship into the fabric of our society as a broadly accepted career path across a wide range of career types…

If it’s really going to take hold, then digital apprenticeship has to be very clearly class-leveling rather than class-perpetuating. But what would that look like? How can we craft a modern apprenticeship relationship that has a close bi-directional apprentice/master relationship and is economically leveling?"
apprenticeships  education  highschool  colleges  universities  learning  digitalapprenticeships  jimgroom  highereducation  highered  edupunk  diyu  training  via:leighblackall  school-to-work  vocational  michaelfeldstein 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation ... - Google Books
"In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning--that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner's head. The authors maintain that learning viewed as situated activity has as its central defining characteristic a process they call legitimate peripheral participation. Learners participate in communities of practitioners, moving toward full participation in the sociocultural practices of a community. Legitimate peripheral participation provides a way to speak about crucial relations between newcomers and oldtimers and about their activities, identities, artifacts, knowledge and practice. The communities discussed in the book are midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, and recovering alcoholics, however, the process by which participants in those communities learn can be generalized to other social groups."
situatedlearning  learning  education  books  jeanlave  étiennewenger  society  social  community  tcsnmy  lcproject  apprenticeships  practice  relationships  situationist  participatory  participation  peripheralparticipation  process  via:leighblackall 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Workers Punk Art School Berlin: Workers leaving the Googleplex
"great video shedding light on conditions of labour, access and hierarchy in the factories of digital reproduction"
labor  google  work  factories  digitalreproduction  class  discrimination  access  hierarchy  via:leighblackall 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Free International University - Wikipedia
"The Free International University (FIU), was a support organization founded by…Joseph Beuys together with Klaus Staeck (1st), Georg Meistermann (2nd) & Willi Bongard (secretary). It was founded as a "organizational place of research, work, & communication" to ponder the future of society. As a free University it was intended to supplement the state educational system while at the same time campaigning for legal equality with that system.

The FIU was founded on 27 April 1973 in Düsseldorf studio of Joseph Beuys & existed as a non-profit, recognized, & registered association up to its dissolution in 1988, more than 2 years after the death of the artist.

The idea of the FIU was revisited & taken further by various people & groups, including the author Rainer Rappmann under the FIU-Verlag & the FIUs in Amsterdam, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, & Munich, which were begun by students of Beuys. They also include the organization Mehr Demokratie e.V. & the Omnibus for direct Democracy."
deschooling  josephbeuys  education  freeschools  highereducation  highered  alternative  altgdp  lcproject  unschooling  via:leighblackall  agitpropproject  the2837university 
february 2011 by robertogreco

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