The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
At the end of the day, we have an economy that works for the rich by cheating the poor, and unequal schools are the result of that, not the cause.
Now, as far as I know, nobody has ever put up the U.S.'s nuclear missiles on the Internet. I mean, it's not something I've heard about.
Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum.
Seriously, who really cares how long the Nile river is, or who was the first to discover cheese? How is memorizing that ever going to help anyone? Instead, we need to give kids projects that allow them to exercise their minds and discover things for themselves.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.
Big stories need human stakes.
Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it - their shareholders would revolt at anything less.
The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it.
The library world is set up on this model where the library is a physical building and has a number of books and serves a geographical community.
Through the Internet, I've developed a strong social network - something I could never do if I had to keep my choice of peers within school grounds.
Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing, either.
Being around some of the bright lights of the technology world and having them expect great things helps you sit down and do it seriously.
We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks.
Without the ability to talk about government power, there's no way for citizens to make sure this power isn't being misused.
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