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OPEN: How we'll work, live and learn in the future Kindle Edition
There a lots of books about learning, but there are hardly any that manage to put the coming education revolution in a context that makes sense both emotionally and economically. OPEN is a tour de force that is by turns inspiring, shocking, highly entertaining, but above all practical. David Price combines the rare skill of understanding an institution without being institutionalised - a maverick thinker who can, through force of reason and humour coupled with long experience, make the job of re-booting education a fun one. He's just the kind of revolutionary the new world needs - one who's influence comes from putting the power to change things directly into your hands. --Mark Stevenson, author of 'An Optimist's Tour of the Future' --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B00FLYFS98
- Publisher : Crux Publishing (3 October 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1070 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 412,318 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Perhaps the biggest enclosure of all is the schedule (timetable) that governs learning. Moving kids around each time a bell rings every 50 minutes, only reminds them that they are cogs in an industrial machine, and destroys any attempts to deepen learning, so get rid of the atomised schedule. While you’re at it, get rid of the bell too.”
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As a parent, I think the UK education is well overdue an overhaul; we need to be showing our children that it's OK not to get things right first time, because this is where true learning takes place. We also need to help our kids fall in love with learning and help them see all the wonderful things that a love of learning can bring right the way through life.
I would heartily recommend this book to any parent with children still within the education system, to all business owners and to any HR professionals looking to make a difference for the employees within their organisation.
I hope David Price continues to write and I look forward to hearing more from him.
Although educators everywhere will no doubt take something fresh and inspiring here, the real brilliance of this work is in how it connects to the wider global context.
Taking key historical events and factoring in the technological, socio-political and economic changes, the book highlights how the internet has been a key facilitator in opening up everything and the cultural change it embodies. Drawing on everything from W. B Yeats and perhaps even Marshal McLuhan this work underlines how we are in flux, at a tipping point. Of course there will be struggles as old hierarchies and institutions either fail to adapt or attempt to contain this change. David Price outlines how corporations from Xerox to Google have begun to adopt elements of this model and how individuals are becoming 'prosumers', breaking down dualities to a synthesis of consumer and producer.
Our cultural critics have been talking about this in one way or another for a while now but often not in tandem nor offering a clear path. In a recent piece for The Guardian, Will Self touched on this idea paraphrasing McLuhan on 'the transformation from what he termed "the linear Gutenberg technology" to the "total field"... implied by the instantaneity of electricity... that this was a change in the human mind as well as the human hand.'
In the 1980s Baudrillard anticipating the internet offered much the same when he said, "We no longer partake in the drama of alienation, but are in the ecstasy of communication".
We are in a new and unique position and 'Open' is both a sign and a signifier, one of the key works that will help us forge the way ahead in this new post-internet age.
File under 'Required Reading'
This very accessible book is full of deep insights and practicable ideas, presented side by side. This is a book without pretensions, which is the bit I loved, not full of jargon or smart-sounding things like 'software eating the world'. This is an appeal to common sense, backed by stories of real life people and organisations which are doing these things, intertwined with the author's own story.