Monday, November 29, 2010

Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner (1969) Teaching as a Subversive Activity - Chapter 11

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Why do we in the western world place so much emphasis on winning? Why do we think learning situations have to have winners and losers? This is what struck me the most about this video of a teacher who after seeing Sugata Mitra's TED Talk about self-organizing learning environments decided to try a similar strategy in his class. In none of the examples Mitra gives is there any mention of competition. But, somehow the "American" version displayed here seems to assume that student-centered learning must be structured as a game:

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