James Gee’s The Anti-Education Era (2013) begins with a discussion of our own stupidity. He does this not to offend his readers, but rather to encourage us to recognize our own limitations and work toward solving them. One limitation in particular is our inability to solve complex problems. There are several factors inhibiting us from solving these grandiose problems, including our tendency to focus on our individual needs above the needs of the society as well as our stubborn behavior in consulting only sources we already know or that confirm our existing beliefs. One of Gee’s (2013) most convincing arguments, however, is that our inability to solve complex problems stems from the prevalence of institutions in our society.
For additional thoughts on this subject, as well as my examination of how this applies to my practice and work in education, please continue reading here.
Gee, J. P. (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.