I really liked Jeff Jarvis’s latest, unpicking society’s addiction to the lecture format. I’ve blogged before my frustration with rooms of smart people listening politely to long winded keynotes and dire panels, as if they’re not actually capbable of intelligent thought or dissent. The whole post is worth reading, but here’s a sample:
We must stop our culture of standardized testing and standardized teaching. Fuck the SATs.* In the Google age, what is the point of teaching memorization? .. We must stop looking at education as a product – in which we turn out every student giving the same answer – to a process, in which every student looks for new answers. Life is a beta.