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Sounds of the Bazaar Live – Edupunk

July 2nd, 2008 by Graham Attwell

What is Edupunk? Stephen Downes offers a definition: “edupunk is student-centered, resourceful, teacher- or community-created rather than corporate-sourced, and underwritten by a progressive political stance.”

And an anonymous commentator on his post says: “I can’t think of anything more punk than education.

For the student, learning gives power to the individual. A society full of mindless drones trained to each do a single task doesn’t really have the mental ability to rebel in meaningful ways.

For the teacher, every day is an exercise in punk. You’re almost completely under the control of your coordinator, your principals, your superintendents, your school board, the media. Often, “the man” passes down restrictive rules and decisions that don’t seem to align with what’s best for you or your students. Often, you’re only equipped with sparse resources you’re able to scrap together here and there.”

Are you into edupuank. Or is this just a ludicrous social construction by white males the wrong side of 40.

The next Emerging Monday Sounds of the Bazaar LIVE radio programme on Monday 7 July will explore the edupunk phenomonon. With interviews, music, opinion, poetry and more. LIVE. And hopefully we will be welcoming resident edupunk granny Leila back to the programme. Make sure the show is in your diary. We will be broadcasting LIVE from 1900 – 2000 UK Summer Time, 2000 – 2100 Central European Summer Time. To access the programme just click on this link and it should open in your favourite MP3 player. And please tell your friends.

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