Reading Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz has been fascinating. It’s a book that has been recommended to me several times over, so it was long overdue that I laid my hands on a copy. With its lurid red cover and aggressive image of a fist gripping a pencil I would have suggested an iPod Touch or iPhone instead while wearing a wrist band that proclaims DIY U, the books holds a lot of promise. But we all know you don’t judge a book by its cover. Anya Kamenetz is no edupunk, and doesn’t pretend to be. Turns out she’s a journalist, working the scene, trying to make sense of the open access and bricollage movements that are gripping the imagination of teachers in schools, colleges and universities across the globe. Yet she does express opinions that are sympathetic to the Edupunk philosophy of ‘do it yourself’, rage against the system, undermine the edubusinesses and give it all away for free with the exception of her book, which is reasonably priced …. and she does earn her living as a writer. You can visit her DIY U website for a deeper insight into her views.
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