1. That is a very difficult topic and I don't know if there is a good answer. It is important to know the perspective of the person you are sharing information from. When you share links to articles about politics, do you stop and think about the article if it comes from a particular think tank or news agency? Many people take into account links to "controversial" science topics depending on the source. I think it should also be considered when dealing with learning material or programs, free or not-free. It is important to consider what the information is and if it is arguing for a product or even just a practice, it is important to question it.

    It might be tough to try and stop kids from sharing stuff, but it could be useful to leave a thought provoking topic to help them get in the practice of asking questions themselves such as: who wrote this? why is their goal? why did they write it?

  2. I think it's always about being an informed citizen. Post whatever you wish but be clear about your intent and inform yourself about the link or idea you're posting. In the case of the best blogs list from online degrees, I think understanding why they are posting it is important, at the same time you might find the resource itself useful so if you're sharing it be transparent and be informed.

    I think there's an assumption or stereotype that all educators are motivated by altruistic motives. If that were true, we'd teach for free. We need to be more honest about that. That's not to say it's our primary motivation but it is a factor. You and I both speak at conferences and schools and we usually don't do it for free but we also don't do it just for the cash. We deeply care about learning and education and want to make a difference. We need to be more comfortable and honest with that apparent dichotomy. But we also can point to a body of work and reputation that stands on its own. Bottom line is that few of us are singularly motivated, there are always multiple factors. When judging others, we need to understand that and perhaps consider the overall body of work or message and yet we can still extract ideas we think are useful even if the majority of content may be tainted with nefarious motives.

    How's that for a comment that goes nowhere? 😉

  3. George thank you for recognizing that PLP is a company pursuing a vision that we believe will improve the lives of kids and the professional work of educators.We are a small company that's able to stay true to its vision by giving away all it can but also seeking a paying clientele among folks who see value in investing in deep thinking, year long, job-embedded professional development led by practicing educators and leaders in the field, such as your brother.

    To help you see the difference between PLP and larger companies like those you mentioned: What We Believe: http://plpnetwork.com/what-we-believe/


    Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO
    Powerful Learning Practice

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