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educological possibilities
      reasoning by analogy about
          the Silicon Valley of
         the future of learning
Tell compelling stories about
                            novel models for learning and
               LONG-TERM    research featuring science as
                            a cultural activity.
SPROUT & CO.




                            Make tools & materials which
                MID-TERM    generate those stories.




                            Create experiences we want
               SHORT-TERM   by hand to learn what’s
                            involved.
A HIGH SCHOOL IN BOSTON
THE OPPORTUNITY

                  ★        Bottom 10% academically
                  ★      Top 10% per capita spending
                  ★   The reason families leave Somerville.
                  ★    Looming, order-$10e6 investment
                  ★      Socioeconomic stratification
IMMUNOSUPPRESSANTS


                     TOOL   ENVIRONMENT   COMMUNITY
MY QUESTION



              What would a Silicon Valley for the
                 future of learning look like?
School offers unbeatable access & permission,
                 especially in metropolitan contexts.
THE HYPOTHESES
School offers unbeatable access & permission,
                 especially in metropolitan contexts.
THE HYPOTHESES


                 Learning happens everywhere.
School offers unbeatable access & permission,
                 especially in metropolitan contexts.
THE HYPOTHESES


                 Learning happens everywhere.



                 School politics will bend to
                 school economics.
School offers unbeatable access & permission,
                 especially in metropolitan contexts.
THE HYPOTHESES


                 Learning happens everywhere.



                 School politics will bend to
                 school economics.



                 To invent the future of learning, we need a
                 different (not better) Silicon Valley.
SCHOOL CAN BE REPLACED
                 1952
WHAT DOES SCHOOL DO?
                       services
                                     Hang out with
                                    people who look Daycare      Learn to X       Make (valuable)
                       capital      and act like you.                                friends




                                      Social capital           Human capital      Network capital
                       signalling




                                      You can speak                              You’ll know other
                                    proper English &            You can build      engineers or
                                    perform affective         things or write an    hedge fund
                                     labor & show up             Excel macro.    managers and their
                                         on time.                                     parents.
e.g. peers, elders,                e.g. tools, space,
                support networks                          stuff
GOOD LEARNING



                               Social Material


                                  Intellectual

                          e.g. materials, notations, models
A MODEL: WEBDEV



                  Social Material


                   Intellectual
SUBSTITUTE & COMPLEMENT   A substitute for a product is one    A complement for a product is one
                          you will buy instead, if the first   you will buy also, usually to make the
                          product is too expensive.            first product valuable.




                          ( ) ( )
                                                   *
                          With your partner, take some time to brainstorm as
                          many school substitutes & complements as you can.
                           Substitutes on green Post-its, complements pink.
                                When you’re done, put them on the paper.
                                                                         * Turn to your right, figure it out.
Silicon Valley had cheap land, proximity to technical
WHAT’S A SVFL LIKE?
                      skill, easy money, ...

                      What affordances—social, technological, economic,
                      environmental, political and value—would a SVFL
                      benefit from?

                                         *
                       With your partner, take some time to brainstorm as
                                 many affordances as you can.
                         Extant affordances on green; non-existent pink.
                            When you’re done, put them on the paper.
                                                          * Turn to your left, figure it out.
It is clear now, as it was not at first, why Illich reacted with
                     such horror to my saying that we should push the walls of
INVERT, NOT EXPAND
                     the school building out further and further. That seemed at
                     the time a good enough way to say that we should abolish
                     the distinction between learning and the rest of life. Only
                     later did I see the danger that he saw right away. Think again
                     about the global schoolhouse, madhouse, prison. What are
                     madhouses & prisons? They are institutions of compulsory
                     treatment. . .

                     A global schoolhouse would be a world, which we seem to
                     be moving toward, in which one group of people would have
                     the right through our entire lives to subject the rest of us to
                     various sorts of tests, and if we did not measure up, to
                     require us to submit to various kinds of treatment, i.e.
                     education, therapy, etc. until we did. A worse nightmare is
                     hard to imagine.

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Alec Resnick: Educological Possibilities

  • 1. educological possibilities reasoning by analogy about the Silicon Valley of the future of learning
  • 2. Tell compelling stories about novel models for learning and LONG-TERM research featuring science as a cultural activity. SPROUT & CO. Make tools & materials which MID-TERM generate those stories. Create experiences we want SHORT-TERM by hand to learn what’s involved.
  • 3. A HIGH SCHOOL IN BOSTON
  • 4. THE OPPORTUNITY ★ Bottom 10% academically ★ Top 10% per capita spending ★ The reason families leave Somerville. ★ Looming, order-$10e6 investment ★ Socioeconomic stratification
  • 5. IMMUNOSUPPRESSANTS TOOL ENVIRONMENT COMMUNITY
  • 6. MY QUESTION What would a Silicon Valley for the future of learning look like?
  • 7. School offers unbeatable access & permission, especially in metropolitan contexts. THE HYPOTHESES
  • 8. School offers unbeatable access & permission, especially in metropolitan contexts. THE HYPOTHESES Learning happens everywhere.
  • 9. School offers unbeatable access & permission, especially in metropolitan contexts. THE HYPOTHESES Learning happens everywhere. School politics will bend to school economics.
  • 10. School offers unbeatable access & permission, especially in metropolitan contexts. THE HYPOTHESES Learning happens everywhere. School politics will bend to school economics. To invent the future of learning, we need a different (not better) Silicon Valley.
  • 11. SCHOOL CAN BE REPLACED 1952
  • 12. WHAT DOES SCHOOL DO? services Hang out with people who look Daycare Learn to X Make (valuable) capital and act like you. friends Social capital Human capital Network capital signalling You can speak You’ll know other proper English & You can build engineers or perform affective things or write an hedge fund labor & show up Excel macro. managers and their on time. parents.
  • 13. e.g. peers, elders, e.g. tools, space, support networks stuff GOOD LEARNING Social Material Intellectual e.g. materials, notations, models
  • 14. A MODEL: WEBDEV Social Material Intellectual
  • 15. SUBSTITUTE & COMPLEMENT A substitute for a product is one A complement for a product is one you will buy instead, if the first you will buy also, usually to make the product is too expensive. first product valuable. ( ) ( ) * With your partner, take some time to brainstorm as many school substitutes & complements as you can. Substitutes on green Post-its, complements pink. When you’re done, put them on the paper. * Turn to your right, figure it out.
  • 16. Silicon Valley had cheap land, proximity to technical WHAT’S A SVFL LIKE? skill, easy money, ... What affordances—social, technological, economic, environmental, political and value—would a SVFL benefit from? * With your partner, take some time to brainstorm as many affordances as you can. Extant affordances on green; non-existent pink. When you’re done, put them on the paper. * Turn to your left, figure it out.
  • 17. It is clear now, as it was not at first, why Illich reacted with such horror to my saying that we should push the walls of INVERT, NOT EXPAND the school building out further and further. That seemed at the time a good enough way to say that we should abolish the distinction between learning and the rest of life. Only later did I see the danger that he saw right away. Think again about the global schoolhouse, madhouse, prison. What are madhouses & prisons? They are institutions of compulsory treatment. . . A global schoolhouse would be a world, which we seem to be moving toward, in which one group of people would have the right through our entire lives to subject the rest of us to various sorts of tests, and if we did not measure up, to require us to submit to various kinds of treatment, i.e. education, therapy, etc. until we did. A worse nightmare is hard to imagine.