Education, Competition, and the Environment

Feb 21, 2008 by

This video Did You Ever Wonder? produced by Bill Farren, provides, according to the author, a counterpoint to the Did You Know? by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod.

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Here are some of the great quotes that I pulled from the video and a few of my musings:
  • Quote from Alfie Kohn: “so few children seem to take pleasure from what they’re doing on a given weekday morning, … ” Is it just me? Or is this “lack of pleasure” seen in adults too!
  • Quote from Amory Lovins: “There is no cost difference between incarceration and an Ivy League education. The main difference is the curriculum.” California spends three times as much on its prisons than its University system.
  • Quote from Hunter Lovins: “What is the purpose of education if not for future generations?” Now that’s a quote I can sink my teeth into. As educators we can’t dwell on “how we learned it” – we’ve already been educated and have moved into the world community, but the students we teach need to be prepared for the world they will enter. If that means that instructors will have to continue to be learners themselves – so be it.
  • Quote from Edwin Land: “It’s not that we need new ideas, it’s that we need to stop having old ones.”

Overall, I need more time to think about this video before reflecting insightfully – but I thought I would pass it along. References can be found at

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    I love the Hunter Lovins quote. I feel that educators have no choice but to be life-long learners. They need to not only learn for themselves but for the students they educate. If not, why are they there? The web has provided educators (and everyone) with the opportunity to learn from people all around the world. PLN’s can be created and modified as needed to give students what they need for the 21st century.


    Dan Rehman

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