Kinda make one yearn for the Late Medieval/Renaissance model. When students
wanted an education and hired teachers who met their needs and fired those
who didn't. Scary, I know.
After Gutenberg, presses quickly became ubiquitous. Everyone and her brother
were printing pamphlets and re-printing old texts. (no copyright! BIG BIG
boost to the Renaissance!!! Of course most of the important authors at
least for the earliest decades, were centuries dead.) The Academy and the
Scholar quickly lost control of their hide-bound profoundly traditional
notions and ability to prescribe "What is important to learn."
Past few years, it seems that the parallels between the post-Gutenberg era
and the WWW era are remarkable!. Silberman was wrong about computers in his
book "Crisis in the Classroom" Thought that they'd never have anywhere near
the impact of the printing press. HA!!!
From: Olejarz2 <Olejarz2
>If there was no tenure and there is a possibility that there would be even
>more "dead wood" teachers. New administrators or school boards could
>lots of their "friends" to jobs they might not be qualified to do.