Saturday, January 15, 2005

POSIWID quotes

Some applications of the POSIWID principle:

Low educational testing results are ... a product of some system, whose purpose (by virtue of the way it's assembled and the interactions between its components) includes such results. It's hard for us to grasp this because we bristle at the use of the word "purpose" with unpalatable conditions. After all, it seems a harsh accusation of the hard working teachers, parents and administrators in the education system. But it is no such thing. It's not an accusation at all. It's an invitation to discover how the system generates the result that seems so undesirable. An invitation for understanding. If we cannot discern how the result is created, we shall never hope to support the evolution of the system into a different channel, and our interventions may cause more harm than good or perpetuate a system that ought not to be supported.
MG Taylor

The current system produces luxury at the top, anxious comfort in the middle, and misery at the bottom. ... If ruling elites flaunt their wealth while the majority of people live in poverty, discontent is inevitable.
Allenna Leonard

In a hundred years or so, everyone now alive in the whole earth will be dead - is this not so? It would therefore be possible for the human race to run its affairs quite differently, in a wise and benevolent fashion, in a relatively short time. The purpose of education is to make sure this doesn't happen.

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