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Commentary by Downes (Stephen Downes)
on link by firstname.lastname@example.org (Verónica Vázquez Zentella), What would you do?, Mar 08, 2011.
I would be curious to see how participants in the course respond to this.
It should be noted that the purpose of one theory isn't to repair faulty implementations of another theory. So connectivism isn't intended to fix a specific problem in the way constructivism is being applied.
That said, we can use this example as a way of highlighting the danger of depending on a single source for teaching and learning. A teacher has an overpowering influence in the developmental life of a child, which renders him particularly vulnerable to a bad teacher.
I would respond by attempting to diversify his interests. He needs to become an independent learner (the constructivist teacher is actually right in this, despite providing no help whatsoever in attaining it). I would focus on reading and encouraging out-of-class (and even in-class) reading. It's also important to link up with self-help groups online and offline - are there youth associations, computer clubs, sports teams, etc?
If a particular element of one's life is less important, it becomes easier to disagree with them and to be disappointed in them. (Hits Today: 2412 Total: 2412)