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Not perpetuating foolishness

Posted on: January 13, 2018

Most people would read the tweet above and agree. But first they must agree on the premise that the foolish thing is foolish in the first place.

If something is wrong, no amount of saying that it is right can make it right, right?

Not by today’s standards. While misinformation is not new, the speed at which it spreads and the frequency at which it can be delivered might allow falsehoods to anchor and normalise.

We also have fallacies in schooling and education, but these were not spread by quickness. Instead, they persisted by slow repetition, unquestioned practice, and uncritical thinking.

Fallacies like the rhetoric of engagement instead of empowerment, the confusion of choice with agency, gamification is game-based learning, schooling is education, enhancing lessons with technology instead of enabling learners and learning. Learning styles. Digital natives.

There is so much more and they have either normalised or are quickly cementing. As this happens, they only foolish ones seem to be those that question, critique, and berate. I am one of those latter fools.

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