A Response to James Paul Gee

20 Jul

Solving problems in education has taken on a new look in the 21st century. The ways students learn has changed, the way teachers must teach has changed, the brick and mortar school buildings of the past can no longer approach education the way they once did due to an ever-changing, ever-evolving, and ever-increasing and connected global society. Solving this problem is an especially challenging task given that global society is, on its own, very complex. And if matters couldn’t get any more challenging, people, in general, can be pretty stupid. This begs the question, “If people are stupid, how can we put people in charge of such complex problems?” The solution, thankfully, is that people can be also be smart. But before people can be smart, it is very important to understand what makes them stupid first. This week I read various reasons by James Paul Gee for why people are stupid. Click here to see what I found out!


Gee, J. (2013). Flight from Complexity. In The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning (pp. 141-147). New York, New York: Palgrave Mcmillan.


One Response to “A Response to James Paul Gee”

  1. amatrisch July 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    I like how you concisely summarized some of the main examples Gee provides of “complex systems” in your Google doc. As a personal preference, however, I would have liked to have seen more detail in your description of complex systems that relate to your professional practice.

    For example, you mention that the Spanish word, “emergencia” can have multiple meanings in different contexts, but you only mention the meaning of the word as it applies to the English context. As someone who is not an expert in foreign languages, I would have gained better understanding of the complex system of Spanish context if I were given alternate definitions as they are used in the Spanish language.

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