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Wikipedia History Wars

So, the idea of Wikipedia is pretty amazing. Frankly, I think it’s one of the best unschooling tools there is. I’m fairly sure Ivan Illich (who wrote the infamous Deschooling Society) would have approved. Illich, long before the time of the internet, called for “networks” to be made up of unschoolers, deschoolers, homeschoolers, and etc. These networks would be large contact books, file cabinets, written essays, learning tools, and so on composed by and for radical learners, teachers, and anyone else who wanted access to them. So basically, this was the internet – just without the internet part. John Holt (way before the internet as well) also called for free, accessible, learning tools that would help individuals explore, satisfy, and expand upon their curiosity. Wikipedia does all of these things, and additionally, it’s a tool that is mostly controlled by the learners. There is very little hierarchy in the world of Wikipedia when it comes to authoring and sharing information, and all knowledge is equally accessible to all peoples. At any moment when the learner has access to a computer, the internet, and a question – they can easily seek out an answer. On top of that, if they want, they can contribute to, change, or challenge the information. Most of the time, they are directly linked with the information they are learning. Wikipedia’s free, vast, and learner-controlled encyclopedia is only continuing to expand.

Unfortunately, that is all contrasted by one major problem: Wikipedia’s staunch dedication to “neutrality.” Continue reading

Spotlights In Liberation History, Vol. 1 – John Brown

The Cost Of Freedom cover

John Brown: The Cost Of Freedom

Part Book Review, Part History Lesson

John Brown: The Cost Of Freedom, by Louis A. DeCaro Jr., is a short biography on the famous and controversial figure of John Brown: the man who launched a militant strike against slavery and injustice in the United States, who prepared a new society where all races could live equally, and who stood up with a persecuted people against a nation.

The Cost of Freedom starts off by explaining that the life of the well-known figure is almost nothing like the ones that our textbooks and society normally represent. So, let’s first start with what we traditionally hear about the man: Continue reading