Poll: Should We or Should We Not Upgrade Our Outdated Thinking to Openness?

Here is the link to my poll question and David Wiley’s perspective on the role that “openness” plays in our lives,  most importantly education. Based upon the results to my poll question on David Wiley’s perspective I found that this topic is very controversial. This is the result I have expected because I figured there are some people who doesn’t like their work to be a derivative by others. However, I strongly believe that the outdated way of thinking of reinforced by law limits ways to gain knowledge. First, it withholds intellectual property. Secondly, it limits our capacity to  modify by upgrading and sharing more knowledge.My belief is supported by respondent # 1.

Respondent # 1 said:

I agree that we should overcome the outdated way of thinking by law. Thinking should be open. For example, in the past, students were not to ask questions, but now students have freedom to ask questions in class. I believe that this leads to better understanding. therefore, thinking should be done in openness.

It’s very interesting that respondent # 1 pointed out that in the past students weren’t allowed to ask questions in class. Well there are still countries where institutions doesn’t allow that. The institution in Bangladesh that I went to long back would beat students for asking questions because it was a sign of rudeness. For a country that hasn’t advanced much with technology, this type of institution is very bad. Students in Bangladesh lacks technology to share, so it’s even worse when they aren’t allowed to share in class. How can we learn if we can’t ask questions? According to David Wiley why are they even teaching? You can here what David Wiley has to say about these type of educators here. As David Wiley said ” knowledge has a special property, you can give it without giving it away. you can share your expertise with out losing part of yourself.” I believe what me and my respondent are trying to is that students, for example in Bangladesh basically learn through memorizing, which is not a good way of learning. If they are able to share it would  a great way to actually understand and gain knowledge in a different perspective. Students should be allowed to be open. According to David Wiley, “successful educators are those who share most completely with the most students.”

Respondent # 2 said:

Although I agree with the idea of an open society where technology is used to promote social well being, the reality is that new technologies are copyrighted and used for personal gains.I think this is a personal decision and it depends on those who create and innovate to decide if they want to share or not share what they developed.

According to respondent # 2,  I agree that personal choice to share or not to share one’s innovation is a controversial topic. But this type of thinking will only retain knowledge form growing.The world have changed so much today through technology it’s unbelievable. Which leaves me thinking that those specific people who decides not to share will be left in the “dark” as those who are open and generous enough to share advance. So when we enforce technology with policies such as with password and copyright it keeps us from moving forward. This is something that we can go on and on about. This should not be a personal choice when it comes to education and it’s sad that people still thinks the outdated way today. “Technology is being used against it’s own potential to conceal and withhold” as David Wiley said in this video. People need to change their outdated way of thinking for the better of our future children. The outdated way of thinking will only leave them in the “dark”. The whole concept of intuitions is the “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT”…think about it again. Should we or should we not upgrade our thinking to “openness”?