Michael Wesch and the students of Kansas State University’s Digital Ethnography Research Team produced this video collage about what it means to be a student today. Over 200 submissions went in to this remix.
Here are some excerpts from the voice over:
- Discovering knowledge is beyond the power of the student, and is, in any case, none of their business.
- Recall is the highest form of intellectual achievement, and the collection of unrelated facts is the goal of education.
- One’s own ideas, and the ideas of one’s classmates, are inconsequential.
- There is always a single, unambiguous, right answer to a question.
- The voice of authority is to be trusted, and valued more than independent judgment.
- What students mostly do in class is guess what the teacher wants them to say.
Sounds like not much has changed since the 19th century.
Education is still about power, submission, paying your dues… bricks and walls.
Also check out Wesch’s YouTube Channel.