Replanting the roots of education

Francisco Dao notes that whilst there is agreement that education is broken, there is not agreement about the role of technologies and how to fix it. He also reiterates the importance of understanding why it is important to learn and think critically. He does not believe that technology alone is enough

There is a scene in the movie “Good Will Hunting” where Matt Damon’s character mocks a Harvard student for spending $150,000 on an education he could have received for $1.50 in library late charges. The Internet makes this concept of a quality, free (or nearly free) education more true than Will could have ever imagined. However, for it to work as a practical matter, we must let go of our policies of rote developmental learning and stop believing the fantasy that technology alone will provide the solution.

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2 thoughts on “Replanting the roots of education

  1. Useful, but still skating around the issue of technological resources versus traditional learning, whereas the two should be combined with a new emphasis on training how to use the resources to full extent. There should be training towards the differentiation between what is used on a short-term basis and what is assimilated for long-term use. Much rote learning is focussed in stupid directions, and people still look up things that in their positions they should know.

  2. Thank you – very interesting thoughts – and yes re the difference in short and long term use. There are some things that do develop ‘muscle memory’ partly by rote but like you I don’t think that is the whole story

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