Not Dumbing Down; just setting the birds free

2 06 2007

Is the world getting dumber, or what?

That seems to be the prevailing notion; when it comes to education.

My own view is that it’s a side effect of the changing media landscape.

For much of last century, the mass media dictated the course of intellectual life; whether it was the front page of the newspaper, the radio headlines, or the 6 o’clock news, everyone got fed the some diet of information.  There was a certain centralisation effect; everyone got pulled to the middle.

The bottom got pulled up, and a cap was placed on those at the top.

Those limitations have now been removed.

Everyone is free to be who they are; much of schooling is irrelevant as it is to today’s digital landscape.

The birds have been set free; and see where they fly.

ggw

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