Digital Pilgrims why don’t they participate in a MOOC and #change11?

“…Too often educators assume that students are just waiting for someone who will take the lid off…” writes Andrew Neuendorf .
Andrew writes about students not being able to do a search and being not critical on the findings of a search. And I do read and hear this cry of teachers over and over. It is also an important question for a MOOC. Do these students (the ones like Andrew’s students) participate in a MOOC? Is a MOOC only for some queer and rare humans or is it fit for all?
I try to write in a rhizomatic way, that is without definitions (because definitions are answers and I want to ask questions). It is difficult to write rhizomatic.
I have some questions on this subject (because I think it a very important problem). I think asking questions is a way of looking for a solution.
*. How come my little nephew is asking questions all day long, and how come students of Andrew (and millions of other students) do not ask the right questions and sit and wait for answers? (What do I mean by “right questions” ?)
*. What happens in schools (or elsewhere) that makes students uncritical consumers of answers? (Again a definition, why do I write “uncritical consumers”?)
*. Do educators reward critical questions of children or do they stimulate critical thinking?
*. What happens when a ten year old child in a library wants to read an adult book? (In my language an adult book is not a book with a lot of sex and violence but a book that is not written for children). What is the meaning of “adult books” and what does this concept of “adult books” mean?
*. Is it common for people to be critical or is being critical an academic skill or is it a rare gift or talent?
*. Is it true that educators, parents and teachers are very happy when children and students are dependent and wait for the right answers from the educators? And when they are is that wrong?
*. In politics and in the papers and on TV discussions can be uncritical and are shame and blame and power games, without real arguments. Is this connected to the student’s behavior?
*. Is it a real problem?


3 thoughts on “Digital Pilgrims why don’t they participate in a MOOC and #change11?

  1. Could it be the structure of of teaching (not the teachers) that discourages critical thinking. The impression I had in school was that classes were purposely as a sort of story that reached an “ending” which was the mastery of some particular lesson. The whole thing was a fabrication sprinkled with rhetorical questions that acted as stepping stones to the goal. Being a story invented by the teacher and being as the ending was already in place but not revealed, education seemed mostly a guessing game. Since there was nothing of me in the lesson and I already knew the “correct” answer had been fixed in advance, why bother?

    I don’t think this process was intentionally set up to make me a pliant little robot or done with any hidden agenda–it just was the way school was done. A story written by someone else, nothing more.


  2. Hi Scott, Lots of people do have same feelings and thoughts about school. School is an artificial environment. School reforms try to make better schools that do not teach artificail facts and stories, but they did not succeed yet to reform schools in a significant way.
    Dropping out of school remains, students who cannot keep the speed of teaching and students that see through the artificial stories in school must find other ways of education.

  3. Hi jaap, i thinks that dont have solutions because the man Is mutatis mutantis!
    Or, nômade in your learning…

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