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What you should learn

Clark Quinn, Stephen Downes, and others have been exploring What you should learn…some provocative ideas about what we need to learn in order to function in society today and more importantly, how to live with meaning. Neil Postman has had a big impact on my thinking about the role of education. We are currenlty consumed with the “what and how” of learning. We have forgotten the why. I love Stephen’s take: “Living meaningfully is actually a combination of several things. It is, in one sense, your dedication to some purpose or goal. But it is also your sense of appreciation and dedication to the here and now. And finally, it is the realization that your place in the world, your meaningfulness, is something you must create for yourself.”