Cathy has a great new post on DML Central that thinks about the future of learning and our own democratic future, just in time for the 2013 DML Conference, Democratic Futures. Here's the beginning:
Ann Pendleton-Jullian, the architect and educational redesigner, notes that: “Design has the capacity to shape contexts as frames for things to happen.” My excitement at being part of the connected learning movement and the Digital Media and Learning initiative sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is that, together, thousands of us are thinking and working and making in order to design new ecosystems for learning in which the democratic, egalitarian, and innovative can thrive and flourish.
If you think you hear a critique of the status quo in that sentence, you are correct. I would argue that much of present formal education—in public schools and private schools too—systemically shapes the context for inequality. The apparatus of end of year standardized testing, in particular, is based on a premise of a uniform, fair standard of judgment for all school kids. Yet we know that test scores map with little variation onto material wealth.
Interested? Read the full article at http://dmlcentral.net/blog/cathy-davidson/re-designing-learning-democracy.