Bill Fitzgerald on education as consumption

[Bill pulls responses to 3 recent articles]( (and I’d argue a fourth – the [Bill Gates “education is the web” thing]( ) together with a single sentence:

> Just to emphasize, whenever anyone talks about “delivering” education, the implication is that learning is a passive activity that can be brought to people – in other words, getting us back into “consuming” mode.

Learning is active. There’s no getting around that. Therefore, an effective education involves **much** more than simple content distribution. Framing education as being a series of exercises in content consumption (no matter how great the content may be) doesn’t serve anyone well. It’s also not as simple as grafting on a layer of social networking on top of content. Education and learning are so much more than that.