Freedom Yeah Right

Stephen's Web ~ Let’s Hear It for Educational Freedom! ~ Stephen Downes

... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom. So when I read advocacy journalism such as this article I reframe the question, asking whether the alternatives support increased agency. All too often I find that they undermine agency instead, replacing the best interests of students with the narrow interests of lobbyists or funders.

A useful distinction, and one I don't see made very often. Two choices that produce essentially the same outcome with only cosmetic distinctions aren't choices. Or if they are, they are only in a Hobsonian sense. A breadth of choices feels like freedom, at least superficially, but agency doesn't come from selecting one of 30 varieties of toothpaste.

Tags: philosophy  society  sociology 

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