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Technology in the Classroom

October 10, 2011

The NYT ran an article questioning the use of technology and education software in the classroom. Apparently, the Department of Education has provided research showing that a particular math software currently used by approximately 600,000 students nationwide does not measure up. Furthermore, the issue is far from settled as to whether technology actually improves or advances student learning.

Some argue that the issue is not about student learning, but about growing sales.
Why are we so insistent that schools technologize their classrooms? Why are we so anxious to remove the teacher (a title that used to bear the name master) from teaching? And what exactly are we putting in the place of the teacher? If the machine becomes master, what sort of thing (person) will emerge from the classroom?
You are what you imitate.

From → Education

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