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Talk:Challenging Education and the "Harry Potter Letter" - Edmund Harriss

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I have put my views on criticism forward for everyone so I am an open target, what are the flaws? what have I missed? (and what do you find great? ;)

@lucasgonzalez here:


Hi Gelada, like up to and including "So we can help activate people by challenging them,...", but don't really get the last bit. (it feels a bit too brief). Who is the "we"? Up to and including "So we can help activate people by challenging them,...", feels fairly inclusive and universal, but beyond is it "academics only beyond this point please"? or am I misunderstanding? Philralph 09:26, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the comments Philralph, I have tried to expand the final section and make it clearer. I am an academic, so there is probably some subconscious bias in what I had. I certainly believe that the academic education is incredibly valuable for the right people. On the other hand I do not think that this is the only way of pushing people further, and for many other things would be better. I hope the new version expresses this! What do you think? Gelada 17:19, 22 August 2010 (UTC)


Hi Gelada, nice final section, like it Philralph 16:23, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Right. My concern is that I felt like you were talking about something really important and vital - about our approach to educating children. It hints at all sorts of other questions (the value of teching with no intention of testing for instance, especially for the young). But the conclusion seems to back away from realising the true potential of the idea. I think that targeting the people you talk about, people who are already harnessing the internet for off the cuff learning, sounds to me like it isn't ambitious enough, like preaching to the choir. That's not to say your version doesn't have value, but what I really wanted to hear was a suggestion for bringing these types of teaching approaches into the mainstream. --BlueChris 12 Sept 2010

minor edit by catlupton 16.8.11: the word 'find' added to fill a gap in this sentence: All schools and parents will find people around who have some area of expertise that excites them.