Loosely-Joined- Our Destiny as Learners?

Ships at war - http://goo.gl/WriZF4

If Dr. Scott Mcleod's broadside, Are We Irrelevant?, against school leadership programs doesn't get your blood going, then you must have ice for veins! One of my favorite quotes from his piece, which you can read in its entirety online, goes as follows:
Essentially, we now have the ability to learn about whatever we want, from whomever we want, whenever and wherever we want, and we also can contribute to this learning environment for the benefit of others. The possibilities for learning and teaching in this information space are both amazing and nearly limitless, but right now this learning often is disconnected from formal elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions.
We also have the ability to learn with whomever we want, a fact brought home by online learning experiences. Rather than toddlers playing/learning in parallel, we pick who we want to learn from and with....the technology enables us to connect with people who were previously unapproachable, aloof simply by their distance. I have yet to meet anyone who did not want to connect and engage in dialogue about their ideas.
We can do better than Waterworld! ;-)

Today, as I helped a colleague, join the Twitter, I pointed out that, "You may know quite a bit now, but eventually, you'll realize that you want to have deeper conversations with people who may appreciate what you know more than those you work with or serve. Those conversations can happen through Twitter (and other social media, let's not be bigoted here!)."

As we see ships aflame from Scott's broadside, ships that sink into the sea, the view on the horizon will undoubtedly improve. And, what will be left may be a collection of rafts (a.k.a. learners), loosely joined a la Dave Weinberger:
The old model is about control: a team works on a document, is responsible for its content and format, and releases it to the public when it's been certified as done. Once it's published, no one can change it except the original publisher. The Web ditches that model, with all its advantages as well as its drawbacks, and says instead, "You have something to say? Say it. You want to respond to something that's been said? Say it and link to it. You think something is interesting? Link to it from your home page. And you never have to ask anyone's permission." Then it adds: "And how long will it take to do this? I dunno. How fast do you type?" By removing the central control points, the Web enabled a self-organizing, self-stimulated growth of contents and links on a scale the world has literally never before experienced. 
The result is a loose federation of documents — many small pieces loosely joined.
and, why not?
Si deus nobiscum quis contra nos? (Source)

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Robert Schuetz said…
Interesting piece Miguel. My main takeaway relates to an Alan November Ted Talk. In it he describes a below average student making tremendous impact through her own blog. Where do we devote our energies? There is certainly plenty of work to be done, but often I prefer tweeting and blogging for a more engaged, appreciative, and reciprocal audience, and for free no less! Thank you for creating this forum for discussion. This parallells Will Richardson's argument in "Why School?", whIch is also a terrific read.

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