Friday, February 25, 2005
"To take part in this [computer] culture requires... accelerated skills of print literacy, which are often restricted to the growing elite of students who are privileged to attend adequate and superior public and private schools, but also demands multiple forms of literacy." (emphasis added)So according to Kellner, it's a privilege to attend an adequate school? At least the elite class is growing....
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I'm about halfway through Doug Kellner's article, and I'm not seeing much that's new.
So far it seems to be more a political screed than a vision for the future. He spends a lot of time rehashing radical reformist ideas from the 1970's, and repeatedly states or implies that the true, highest purpose of education is to inculcate revolutionaries who will rise up and subvert the opressive hegemonic elites of the dominant industrial culture.
He makes a couple of good points, such as the fact that mainstream media enculturates subliminally, and that merely installing computers and network connections will not solve social problems - solid pedagogy is also required. (Oddly, in a footnote he then praises the Clinton administration for installing PCs and net connections and castigates the current administration for focusing on demonstrable pedagocical methods.)
Man who secretly recorded Bush says he regrets publication:
"WASHINGTON - An old friend of President Bush who secretly recorded their private conversations and released them to the media said he has regrets and is turning the tapes over to Bush.
Doug Wead allowed journalists to hear and broadcast the tapes in the past week as he promoted his new book on presidential parents. But he said he canceled plans to be on 'Hardball' on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about his regrets because 'it would only add to the distraction I have caused to the president's important and historic work.'
'Contrary to a statement that I made to the New York Times, I have come to realize that personal relationships are more important than history,' Wead wrote in a letter to the show's host, Chris Matthews, that MSNBC released to the public on Wednesday. 'I am asking my attorney to direct any future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History can wait.' "
The release of these tapes added nothing to our knowledge of George Bush, and they made Doug Wead appear to be an unscrupulous moneygrubber. This gesture is the right gesture, but it's a little late.
It looks like they may have read Brenda Laurel and Don Norman.
Great idea, and hardly unique, but have you considered browser and OS compatibility?
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
On page '11' Kellner says educational reformers will be challenged as to "whether education will be restructured to promote democracy and human needs, or ... serve the needs of business and the global economy."
Why is this a dichotomy? In a truly democratic (and dare I say capitalist?) world, businesses and the global economy exist to serve human needs, because they are direct outgrowths of human needs.
That is followed by this statement:
"Today, however, intense pressures for change now come directly from technologyand the economy and not ideology or educational reformist ideas, with anexpanding global economy and novel technologies demanding innovative skills,competencies, literacies, and practices."
Is this another way of saying that changes in the way that society prepares youth to deal with the real world should be - or just are - driven by the needs of real world itself, rather than philosophers, theorists, ideologues? What a concept....
Still reading, and trying hard to keep an open mind. The author is of course a UCLA professor with an endowed chair. I just work at a community college, and I'm happy that my chair has armrests.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Douglas Kellner is a professor at UCLA. It should therefore be no surprise that he considers George Bush's presidency to be an Orwellian nightmare, that he stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, that the broadcast media has become an instrument of propaganda for the Bush administration.
Likewise, it is no stunner that he views Mel Gibson's "The Passion " as "part of the reactionary Manicheanism that is fueling religious hatreds and violence today", though he dismisses the film as being in line with the splatter films of Sam Peckinpah or Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns.
Let's say we disagree on fundamentals.
It is therefore with some trepidation - but at least with open eyes - that I venture into his recent article calling for radical transformation of education.