- Subject: virtreal schooling
- From: Eric Crump <eric@SERV1.NCTE.ORG>
- Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 13:45:14 -0600
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On Fri, 19 Nov 1999, Dr. Leo Casey wrote:
->We live in a society of a vastly diminishing public life, with a steadily
->declining public square, in which we come together as a community and pursue
->our common purposes and goals.
Only if you define 'public' in conventional terms, meaning conventional
venues for public discourse. Public life is thriving nicely on the net.
"In the 20th century, we have been without any mass medium for serious
discourse -- until the creation of the Internet." --Alan Kay
Whatcha call ARN-L but people coming together as a community to pursue
common purposes and goals? Anyone can subscribe to this list, which makes
it quite as public as most conventional public forums.
->For a school to educate well future, involved citizens, it must, in some real
->-- not virtual -- sense, embody the workings of a democratic community.
Only if you define 'virtual' as being less than or other than 'real.' I
don't. Virtual contrasts with 'physical' not with 'real.'
->How exactly is a teacher supposed to "read" a student's needs and feelings, a
->student's very person, over a computer screen?
I can't believe you wish to dismiss written language as a medium for
conveying identity and emotion. I know a few poets who provide ample and
eloquent evidence to the contrary. Hell, the writers on this list provide
evidence to the contrary.
Relationships that exist via writing are not less personal than f2f
relationships. They are different in quality. Some people are more
amenable to them than others. But to dismiss virtual relations as
inadequate to support learning is, well, wrong.
I don't have any stats to cite, more's the pity. All's I've got to offer
is testimony as someone who has been teaching and learning online, a
member of numerous thriving virtual communities, for 8 years.
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