Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Incisive Comments on Education

There's an excellent post by Heather MacDonald at Secular Right.
Educational technology would be the solution to mediocre academic performance only if the lack of educational technology were the cause. Somehow, however, John Milton managed to learn Latin, Greek, and Hebrew without an Ipad, as did thousands of other children far less gifted than he; generations upon generations have mastered algebra, geometry, and the rudiments of historical knowledge just reading from—gasp!—books!

The most important tools in the classroom are self-discipline, perseverance, and a desire to learn (or, failing that, fear of the consequences for not doing so).
Our problems with education in America don't involve spending too little money, or a lack of technology. Check out the whole post.


  1. Oh yeah, my kids just told me that they use
    "smart boards" instead of blackboards. Ick.
    However, I think that technology that utilizes peer-to-peer in class tutoring is the cheap as well as smart way to go. Here is the link to the vid - http://blog.ted.com/2011/03/09/lets-use-video-to-reinvent-education-salman-khan-on-ted-com/

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