The emphasis I think most people are looking at today (based on the reactions I saw via Twitter at least) were on the “badges” aspect. Is this just a digital version of getting a star next to your name when you line up nicely and quietly to go to the library? Are badges juvenile? Are badges just a trend? Do badges reward inconsequential achievements? Are badges better/worse than grades, than graduation certificates? Are we focusing too much on extrinsic motivations? Are badges another crude way to “gamify” education? Should we be concerned that Arne Duncan thinks badges are a “game-changer”?