I thought the Praxis 2.0 and Dr. Mashup readings were very interesting. Melanie McBride pointed out some very interesting facts about the educational system and how it could be changed. After watching a few remix videos, it’s easy to see that this is a form of artwork that would be extremely difficult to teach in a school setting. Henry Jenkins claims that “Even the most progressive schools set limits on what students can write compared to the freedom they enjoy on their own.” This is so incredibly true. There have been many times in my education, whether it’s art class, music, or even computer science, that I have been limited in my freedom and creativity because of the guidelines that the school system has.
McBride points out that we can no longer use “copyrighted material as somehow less “creative” than making our own” as an excuse. Even in ds106, it has been difficult to create these projects within copyright laws. Brian Lamb put it well with his suggestions of open and discoverable resources, transparent licensing, and remixable formats. This is something that is definitely needed in web 2.0.
Also, I found the idea that schools can’t encourage breaking the law to be very interesting. But when you think about it, does school even give us a decent representation of the real world? This reminds me of Gever Tulley’s video. He claimed that we should allow our kids to do dangerous things; that way they would be accustomed to it prior to coming into contact with it in real life.
Overall, the ideas proposed in these articles are very interesting ones. This could transform the way our education system works. Or perhaps we should leave the illegal activities to just be done at home.