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Reactions to an idea discussed in an EdLab Seminar by Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D. Competency-based learning (CBL), along with advances in technology, could ultimately help bring about a separation of concerns that might lead to a university structured very differently from the entity we know today. Accreditation: CBL could decouple the university's role as grantor of accreditation -- gatekeeper -- from its many other functions. It could lead to the separation of other entities from the university as well. CBL can enable...
5 years ago
On East 91st Street. A lot of great stuff on the two floors my wife and I visited, including objects we recognized from 'back in the day' such as a Bob Dylan poster, an IBM Selectric typewriter, and a do-rag. A good selection of tech exhibits also: a replica of a weather satellite from the 1970's, a mesmerizing video wall of a live feed of images from our sun, and more than one Apple product. Mostly there were lovely and fascinating furniture and household objects: a g...
5 years ago
Some folks are built like this Some folks are built like that But the way I'm built Now, don't you call me fat 'Cause I'm built for comfort I ain't built for speed ‘Built for Comfort' --Willie Dixon When I was growing up in the 1960's, nearly all the gynecologists in the U.S. were men. Today, nearly all the nutritionists are thin. Is this progress? We are in the midst of an “astronomical” Obesity Epidemic, according to WebMD (the Fox News of med...
The limit of plutocracy as (the number of the wealthiest divided by the number of the poorest) approaches zero equals totalitarianism. There are no “inalienable rights”; the success of a society may be judged by the level of human rights its government can guarantee. Three goods that the USA should hope to provide as rights are access to: Housing -- Education -- Health care I've seen Habitat for Humanity described as “a cruel housing lottery”. In education as in housing and health care the USA is approaching a two-tiered system, with the tiers connected by a series of lotteries rather than by true opportunity. The public won't pay to give every child the level of education that each child deserves. Selective admission to elite schools from the pre-kindergarten level (!) upwards, programs for ‘gifted' students, and Advanced Placement courses in high school all produce the illusion that our society is providing adequate education. In fact only a minuscule proportion of the population is so served. I see the increasing gap between the wealthy and the poor as one of the USA's greatest problems, and as a major threat to global stability. That this country is moving from an upwardly mobile society to a highly stratified one is not news. But as the gap between privileged and not privileged increases, the former must expend more resources to protect themselves against an uprising by the latter. We in the USA are not only expending resources: we are sacrificing our young people and giving up the our right of privacy to protect ourselves from the significant portion of the global population that hates us. Reagan won the cold war by forcing the USSR to expend more of its resources on the arms race than its economy could support. As we expend lives, rights, and resources to protect our position of privilege (and the positions of the privileged among us), we creep towards totalitarianism. Technology in general and EdLab in particular offer a glimmer of hope in combatting these and other huge social and economic problems.