With technology, the World has become smaller (Creative commons)
Are We Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology? Definitely!
The following Forbes article, You Are Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology, is by far the best piece I’ve ever read about the mess we have made of our educational system, I wish I had written it. I want to share Jordan Shapiro’s words with as many people as possible. This author hit every nail on the head when it comes to education and the quagmire we have gotten ourselves into by trying to run education like a business. Education is so much more than test scores, data collection and algorithms. Kudos to the author for telling it like it is in such eloquent fashion.
You Are Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology by Jordan Shapiro
It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But, we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, newness, innovation, and disruption. These buzzwords of the industrial age, let’s remember, paved the road that led to the current landscape of education.
The very notion of education as an industry is problematic. School is about transmitting values and principles from one generation to the next, not skillfully organizing labor toward productivity. Education is the child-rearing activity of civilization. We nurture our young into reflective citizens by teaching them the social and epistemological agreements of an increasingly global collective. Educators need to understand that reading, writing, and arithmetic are primarily just mutually agreed upon languages through which we make meaning out of human experience. These disciplines are essentially useful, but only fashionably industrial. That is to say: the languages themselves have much more longevity than the current applications.