An education revolution beckons in the digital age

By Joe Robertson – Kansas City Star

Are we ready to quit letter grades?

Dump standardized tests?

Turn inside-out the role of schools as the authorities of knowledge?

While educators try to imagine it, students who’ve already freed themselves are galloping through the digital world.

At their best they are collaborating, creating, seeking justice, making art, defining their significance.

“Don’t we want to create students who can do that?” says Michael Wesch, a gone-viral phenomenon on the Internet who essentially launched himself digitally five years ago from the basement of his small farmhouse outside Manhattan, Kan.

He’s a 36-year-old cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University who has become the prophet of an education revolution.

They’re already out there, he says. Students and young adults who have made their mark persisting at new ideas, starting companies, connecting the world to social justice issues, fueling citizen rebellion in Egypt, distributing humanitarian aid to Haiti.

Read the full article here.

Wesch

Associate professor of cultural anthropology. Ed Traceur. Hacker. Car-free.

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7 Responses

  1. will says:

    I just checked out your video and you should studie world of war craft in your class cause thats an whole community by it self im telling you and it also uses youtube thanks for your video

  2. Torn Halves says:

    I have just come across your website and am looking at your work and would like to post an initial question:

    Any self-respecting revolution (one that might actually be able to change the fundaments of society and start something that can be sustained) needs a vision of a better world. I don’t see one here. Is there one? I see the hints about whizzkid coders and entrepreneurs who could steam ahead if things were changed, but that doesn’t amount to much of a vision, partly because alongside the whizzkids are hoardes of teenagers lost in anomie. Moreover, the affluent digital citizens seem to be forgetting the billions on the other side of the digital divide in the mines and the factories putting all that flashy tech together without, in many cases, having a clue what it is being used for.

    Early indistrial society had a clear vision of a post-industrial future (which is still nowhere in sight). What’s the digital equivalent?

  3. Edu says:

    Moreover, the affluent digital citizens seem to be forgetting the billions on the other side of the digital divide in the mines and the factories putting all that flashy tech together without, in many cases, having a clue what it is being used for.

  4. He’s a 36-year-old cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University who has become the prophet of an education revolution.

  5. Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. - - students of e-learning master - Open University says:

    Some students have no money for their needs in the school. A lot of them need to work. The school have to help them and technology can help the school, in teaching learning. Why don’t the school uses the technology to help their students? ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – - students of e-learning master – Open University)

  6. Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. - - students of e-learning master - Open University says:

    Although many students have no money, the governments must help them. All the student should be supported in the public school and to have acess to education. The new educational resources may be the really pedagogical context to the teaching and learning. For example the open educational resources (OER). ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – - students of e-learning master – Open University)

  7. Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. - - students of e-learning master - Open University says:

    Time is a critical factor in a society submerged by constant technological advances. With a simple phone number or an email we can locate anyone on the web. Through applications like Twitter, Vibe, Whatsapp, or social networks like Facebook or Myspace we are able to get in touch or follow someone. They may not be able to see us, but they can’t hide. Despite being connected and visible, do we really know each other and really have perception of what surrounds us? ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – - students of e-learning master – Open University)