Thursday, October 28, 2010

Anya Kamenetz: U DIY, access to education and the New elitism

I have just returned from a swing around in some colleges more or less non-elite in the Midwest where I found facing a common objection DIY u

You're talking about access .but students being excluded from the present system are those who need more individual support, but how resources teaching online, even if they are free, possibly help?

Who is my answer basic: you have a better idea?
Either we use technology to bend the curve costs in higher education, we resign to never having enough of it .the for-profit colleges will continue great expense to relay targeting students excluded from the present system: working adults and the first in their families to attend college.I agree that it would be a good strategy base to reallocate the $ recorded through the use of educational resources open to individual support and mentoring for students who need more.

A phrasing alternate access protest is to say that U future DIY will automatically continue meritocracy, giving even more benefits for the best students.

Are we really against having a true meritocracy, in the sense of a society that rewards excellence? Yes and no.
In my view, there is a fundamental American democracy and the tension méritocratie.Cette society tension base was actually described by Michael Young, who invented the term "meritocracy" in a satire written in Great Britain in the 1950s:

Young described on the one hand, the "phlegmatic mass" or majority is not the largest contributor to society, but the "creative minority" or "agitated" elite .Encore however... such adherence to the natural sciences and intelligence product arrogance and complacency.The fictional narrator victims of these advances are described by the expression "any selection is a rejection of many".

The main problems with such that it is currently practiced in America, as I see them meritocracy:

(1) Since I have that strong faith than, say, Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve in the genetic component of socio-economic benefits must believe that the large racial and economic gaps persist in our educational system are the result of systematic inequality, not differences in the innate ability.It follows therefore that a massive injustice was being perpetuated over thousands of children who get crappy teaching in crappy schools and never a decent chance if to go to College, even had blocked you them in an effective public school 1st grade would certainly hardware Ivy League.
But not enough is done about it, and I think this is partly because the new elite have so much faith in the status quo was placed on top.

(2) The "elite" will tend to be hothouse flowers who look with scorn on ordinary American colleagues Evangelical religion TV reality b.c and fast food choices ' is not just an annoying attitude when you received it (I know this because I am South and people are still down South in front of me) fueled the flowering of a defence of ignorance of the people who choose not to believe, say, climate change, because they hate Al Gore.

(3) There is a lack of robust diversity in talent identify us, cultivate and reward société.En collaboration with your hands as affinity for the natural world, a tendency to support and build the community rather than strive after individual achievement are only three lines neglected by the is educational "elite."

Here's how I think can help the future of DIY U:

(1) I believe that there is a super smart autodidacts there stuck in rundown schools, or any school in the United States and in developing countries, including the provision of quality Ivy League tutorials free is a windfall for teaching manne.Il has perhaps a billion William Kamkwambas there .Dire there are only a few dozen in each country, wouldn't that make money already invested in open educational resources out in a good investment?

(2) Open the walls of the Ivy League and other elite colleges can demystify what goes on it and perhaps even appreciate it the p.Eng is a big difference in the way we think their library public vs how they feel about the library campus or général.De College campus opening the other side of things, the walls of the elite universities could encourage some badly humility and practice for the elite se.Je know me personally, when I go to explain my thinking Yale race that students and teachers in Kansas City, Kansas Community College and Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock (Arkansas), it leads to much introspection and posts like this.

(3) Further open and decentralized knowledge can foster a greater diversity of topics and concerns that housed in the same catalogue of courses more spacieux.Quand and where education includes even partially people gather knowledge what they want, we naturally see the proliferation of study skills into practice as the composting and repair of bicycles and yoga and web site design base guitar and Spanish .c ' is because we may need these types of skills much more in that we'll hopefully evolve towards a sustainable future.




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