Sunday, 21 May 2017

A century of progress ?

"Let’s imagine a modern version of Rip Van Winkle: a man who dozed off in the year 1917, slept for a century, and woke to a drastically different world one of transcontinental flights, pocket-sized supercomputers, political representation of women and minorities, and millions rising out of poverty worldwide. Our Rip Van Winkle would be shocked, fascinated, and overwhelmed."

"Luckily for Rip, if he needed to relax, there’s one place he could go to immediately feel at home: school. The average schoolroom of 2017 would feel shockingly similar to the schoolroom of 1917: a welcome relief for any confused time traveler. But as Rip started learning more about the modern world, the schoolroom wouldn’t relax him for very long."

"Why, he might ask, hadn’t a century of progress changed how children are educated?"

This is the argument that is used to push for self-directed learning, that is, tying every child to a digital device. It is important to see through the argument and to know that there are good reasons why some things do not change.

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