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[Xmca-l] Re: "Scaling up" and "Big ideas"



Sure, Greg.

Perhaps the author would benefit from reading Illich, "The siren of one
ambulance can destroy Samaritan attitudes in a whole Chilean town".

This is simply one example of the failings of formal logic, or as Illich
refers to it, iatrogenesis (note the genetic semantics).

Huw

On 18 March 2015 at 03:51, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

> I just came across this nice article by Michael Hobbes in the New Republic:
>
> http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120178/problem-international-development-and-plan-fix-it
>
> In it, he argues against the notion that there are simple big ideas that
> can easily be scaled up in international development.
>
> This seems like an argument that could just as easily have been made about
> education in any major nation state (and he does touch on education a
> number of times, but it isn't at the center of his critique).
>
> Curious if others agree.
> -greg
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