Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, says the goal of education today should not be to make every child “college ready” but “innovation ready” — ready to add value to whatever they do. (nytimes)
Students must learn to be curious, persistent, and willing to take risks. They must be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear.”
We teach and test things most students are not interested in, maybe nothing in school is exciting for your child. and will never need, and facts that they can find on internet and will forget as soon as the test is over.
So xMOOCs for young students which are build to teach facts only is a diasaster to education. Of course some facts and basic skills are needed, but the facts and information should be learned in a connecivist way, because of the need for connectivist skills and creativity, innovation and curiosity.
We could ask some ethical questions when universtities and colleges are using xMOOCs to teach students.
These xMOOCs are still experimental, so schools should be carefull when applying these experiments to students. Scientists do have standards and regulations for exposing testees (subjects) to experiments.
Testing for facts makes students learn facts and kills curiosity and motivation.
Image The Moongate Garden, designed by architect Jean Paul Carlhian, Smithsonian Wash DC.