First off, I really enjoyed this debate seeing that education is among one of my favorite topics to discuss. However, attending this debate further made me realize how useless it is to debate, and that it doesn’t contribute to the general welfare of knowledge. What I saw was room full of people rooting for either Anya, or Siva. Personally, I thought both candidates were great and fairly concise in their judgment on education. The thing that shocked me in between the two is the fact that there own arguments possessed extreme amounts of similarity. For example, Anya’s idea of “Informal Education”, is essentially the same as Siva’s “Anarchistic Communities”. From what I got, Anya’s idea of “Informal Education” consisted of an education that is “Cut out for the real world”, or a liberal education. Siva’s “Anarchistic Communities” shared the same idea accept he utilized the notion that it was “Not controlled”. Essentially, they were just arguing over the fact that one was better than the other when they both were the same thing.
Something else interesting that Siva mentioned was a quote from Karl Marx that stuck in my head. “Everything is contingent, and everything is up to us”. I really like this quote because I think that it is very relative to us. Although Karl Marx is considered radical for his ideas, he has a point here; Education is contingent upon us! This could seem a little arbitrary but it’s true!
Something else that stood out to me was when a questioner referred to Paulo Friere and spoke about Market Fundamentalism and educational Fundamentalism. It seems a little clear now, but I would still like someone to clarify this and how it relates to education.
In the end, something I observed was that the moderator said “Lets have a Reflection”. I immediately thought about Jean Twenge because the moderator was trying to make the crowd feel good after that African American woman harshly sullied Siva. Lol =)