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Haim

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An Alternative View
Posted: Jul 7, 2006 10:52 PM
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In the 1/6/2006 issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education", Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University published an article that is getting some notice. In "A Very Long Disengagement", Bauerlein makes a few points that denizens of this forum may find interesting, primarily that,

The disengagement of students from the
liberal-arts curriculum is reaching a
critical point, however. And the popular
strategy of trying to bridge youth culture
and serious study -- of, say, using hip-hop
to help students understand literary classics,
as described in a June 19 article in the
Los Angeles Times -- hasn't worked. All too
often, the outcome is that important works
are dumbed down to trivia, and the leap into
serious study never happens.

In this, I find support for my own view that math education is not collapsing in a vacuum. I also enjoyed his remark that,

In the 1990s the gurus and cheerleaders
of technology promised that the horizon
of users would expand to take in a global
village, and that a digital era would
herald a more active, engaged, and
knowledgeable citizenry, with young adults
leading the way. It hasn't happened. Instead,
youth discourse has intensified, its grip on
adolescence becoming ever tighter, and the
walls between young adults and larger realities
have grown higher and thicker.

This last point by Bauerlein is consonant with the views of Bob Seidensticker in his book,
"Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1576753700/qid=1152325922/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3387505-1099159?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

Seidensticker opens his section, "Computers In Schools", with a quote from Steve Jobs,

"What's wrong with education cannot be
fixed with technology."

I quote from the first paragraph of that section,

Seymour Papert, an MIT computer scientist,
illustrates how little technology has
helped education with the following example.
Imagine that a doctor and a teacher were
transported from a century ago to the present.
Technology has so changed today's medical
landscape, with new tests, drugs, knowledge,
techniques, and equipment, that the doctor
would be unable to practice medicine.
Nevertheless, beyond a few small adjustments,
a teacher from a century ago would fit well
into today's classrooms. Technology has been
a huge expense for schools as well as a big
disappointment. (pg. 103)

Seidensticker proceeds to document how, "Schools have had a long-standing immunity against the introduction of new technologies." He ends the section as follows,

I'm optimistic about the long-term
benefit that computers can give to
education. However, we should expect
more false starts, each with proponents
convinced that (despite the failures in
the past) they have finally discovered
the true educational potential of computers.
Expect them to also shrilly proclaim that
neglecting the latest approach will
dramatically shortchange the future of our
children.

Haim


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Paul A. Tanner III
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