Set-Up: In Clay Shirky’s recent book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations, the university instructor/economic consultant makes the following — slightly radical — statement (pg 236) about the evolution of collaboration & innovation on the Internet (and how it affects businesses and other traditional organizations):
“Failure is free, high-quality research, offering direct evidence of what works and what doesn’t.”
Challenge: React to this statement in terms of
- how it is currently perceived (by teachers/students) in school
- how it should be perceived in school (by teachers/students), and
- how it might be perceived (by teachers/students) in school in the future
Feel free to consider reality and theory on this one, no matter how you answer.
Length: 7+ sentences (minimum).
Hint: Obviously the statement appears to be an contradiction in terms of how students typically believe school responds to their work.
That being said, you are free to explore why this might be a new way of looking at the being a life-long learner in/out of school.