I also want to frame an issue that matters – which is why I find myself in the ridiculous position of disagreeing with people like you and Stephen on the internet, in the hope that somewhere in these comment threads we can define what this is and what we can do about it. Clearly we are on the same side, against the encroaching corporatisation of … actually pretty much everything, but especially education. And we are all of us, in our own ways, trying to offer an alternative to that.
Your opening point about ds106 being a redefinable polysemous experience is wonderful. I completely agree with you. It’s done different (and amazing things) to different people. One of the things that would help me in working through all this “stuff” I appear to have stirred up would be to properly reflect and write up “my” ds106 – I kind of suspected I needed to wait until I had finished the course, but you don’t simply finish ds106…
Essentially, I only really know one thing that is going any length to “saving public education” – disputing the narrative that it is beyond redemption. It’s somewhat alarming for me to think that pointing and laughing at the excesses of EduBusiness hype is maybe the most useful thing that we (and also the likes of Brian and Alan, who do this brilliantly) are up to. But there’s a story that needs reframing, and all I’ve ever tried to do is reframe it. If I start from the assumption that public education is lost, no matter where I end up I am reinforcing the message that public education is lost – which does $edubusiness a lot more good than it does anyone else.
I’m just starting to work this out – as you can probably tell – so please accept my apologies for taking it away, rethinking it, and eventually blogging about it.
And what a perfect Beckett quote – thank you for pushing this discussion forward.