Sugata Mitra’s edtech pedagogy for online discovery learning read as the nadir of educational Romanticism - a Rousseau-inspired critique
longvividdreams asked: Hey, thanks for the follow :). Just out of curiosity: how did you stumble upon my blog?
I was looking to see if anyone was posting stuff about Karl Jaspers (or was it Buber? I forget now) and your blog came up. Something caught my eye. Clicked follow. An impulse.
A meditation upon the place of emptiness - the abyss - in the high school curriculum, beginning with a defence of the vilified image of the child as an empty vessel/blank slate/tabula rasa, moving onto an argument for placing that emptiness as a topic in the curriculum of any self-respecting education for freedom - an education informed by a liberation pedagogy.
For the meditation, click The child as an empty vessel - a defence.
One of the platitudes of 21st century pedagogy: “Don’t be the sage on the stage, rather the guide at the side.” Sounds like the Socratic idea of the teacher as midwife? Maybe, but look at the 21st century version more closely and you see it actually stands the Socratic method on its head.
A critique of the sort of anti-teaching pedagogy being preached by the likes of Sugata Mitra (“Hey, look, the kids can figure out how to use Windows Paint all by themselves!”).
To read the long and rather philosphical critique of 21st century pedagogy click: The teacher as midwife - Socrates, Rousseau and the 21st century pedagogues (Sugata Mitra, et al).