Recently I saw the phrase: “in the age of the internet, ignorance is a choice.”
Not everyone has access to the internet, of course, and not everyone has the time to devote to research or college courses, even when they’re free of charge. But for those who do, it’s a gold mine.
Last July when I first read in the Seattle Time about Coursera, a free online university started by two Stanford computer-science professors, I immediately signed up for this free class in “Aboriginal Worldviews and Education” starting February 25th. I hope you’ll join me and several others in the Sami community. (But be forewarned! “These are real courses . . . there’s homework and deadlines.”)
Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.