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Restructuring Education

Love this quote by Clay Shirky: “The hallmark of revolution is that the goals of the revolutionaries cannot be contained by the institutional structure of the society they live in. As a result, either the revolutionaries are put down, or some of those institutions are transmogrified, replaced, or simply destroyed. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic. All businesses are media businesses, because whatever else they do, all businesses rely on the managing of information for two audiences — employees and the world. The increase in the power of both individuals and groups, outside traditional organizational structures, is epochal. Many institutions we rely on today will not survive this change without radical alteration.” (via Mark Oehlert).

In my mind, there is little doubt that we are at the initial stages of tremendous change to our educational structures. The way in which we interact with knowledge – co-creation, commenting, amateur peer-evaluation, openness, etc. – is strongly at odds with traditional education. Classrooms have been conceived as comprising a single prominent node (the teacher). Our daily interactions are multi-nodal. Our experience with information in multi-perspective. The question that remains for me is whether education can evolve on it’s own…or whether it will be transformed/revolutionized by outside forces.

One Comment

  1. Scott Leslie wrote:

    This also recalls another famous Shirky quote (in response to Jaron Lanier’s Digital Maoism piece) – “It’s not a revolution if nobody loses”

    Friday, June 22, 2007 at 4:20 pm | Permalink