> Anti-Intellectual Appeal > > Computers reinforce the fascination with gadgetry, as > opposed to intellect, that is endemic in American > popular culture. As pointed out by Brian Simpson, > former education advisor to IBM in the United > Kingdom,
Note implicit value judgment that "fascination with gadgetry" is something to be ashamed of (imagine: "opposed to intellect" -- interesting spin), plus the weasel word "endemic" -- doesn't mean the same as "epidemic" but is closer to "indigenous" or "native" (so why should we be ashamed of ourselves again?).
> Technological solutions to educational problems often > have a seductive appeal, promising to make education > easier and more enjoyable than ever before. In the > past, extravagant claims have been made for teaching > machines, educational television, language > laboratories, and even such improbable, esoteric > phenomena as sleep learning and learning under > music-induced hypnosis. [15, p. 84]
Very clever to list educational television on a par with music-induced hypnosis. As if Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Sesame Street, were just these marginal paranormal phenomena that only a few people believed in.
> There is a long history of people wanting and > expecting technology to transform education. It has > been over 70 years since the following prediction was > made by a famous American:
Note that education has been transformed many times and in many fields. Revolutions have been aplenty. This author presumes a static background of certainty, when actually that's not what we've been experiencing (just study the literature).
> I believe that the motion picture is destined to > revolutionize our educational system and that in a > few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, > the use of textbooks. -Thomas Edison, 1922 (quoted in > Ref. 2, p. 9)
In terms of influence over the average child's mind, yes, that happened. TV put additional nails in the coffin. We're never going back to the childhood of Edison, that I can see. I could be wrong, but the TVs seem to be getting even bigger and higher rez. Anyone else here notice that?
We'll be using TV more effectively to teach a better, stronger brand of TV-savvy math, don't you worry, even if your cable network doesn't receive from our transponder. That's a local call (maybe ask for it?). It'll be a lot like the geometry you already know (Platonics, Archimedeans 'n stuff) but with some new stuff (since the ancients) thown in for good measure. I can't tell you about Big Bird's role in all this. I'm only one of a large team of architects and script writers. Many details not known.