At this point in the evolution of this concept, I’ve identified four principles. That doesn’t mean to say there are only four in total – it’s just that I’m confident about these four, but I sincerely hope that there are more just waiting to be found. I’ve explained three in earlier blog entries, and the fourth in the draft framework is:

·  In an education system that embraces Knowledges Exchange, the learners are evaluated on how effectively they facilitate the exchange with others, not on personal achievement.

This came to me as an epiphany — perhaps not on the scale of James Joyce — but definitely an “ah-hah!” moment. I knew that there would be a lot of skepticism if I proposed that a formal education system could be built around people simply telling each other what they know, without any evaluation of the quality and quantity of the exchanges. I was happy to think of a solution.

The prevailing paradigm is to judge how much an individual has learned and retained, and is able to regurgitate on demand. I suddenly realized that if we started rewarding people, not for what they learn, but for what they teach, it might lead to a revolution in the so-called traditional schooling system.Imagine a world where recognition is giving to those who give, not just receive, who teach what they have learned, and who want to expand their ways of exchanging knowledges.

When employers are looking for new people to hire, they would ask for evidence that they are able to share ideas. Outputting would be more valued than inputting. Contributing to the Common Good would earn the highest grades. What a wonderful world that would be.

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