"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The brave new technology

Sent to the Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2014

I do not share the enthusiasm about new digital technology in education ("Founding principles in the digital age," April 22).

There is no evidence that the brave new online tests that promise "real time testing" will be any better than those we have now. In fact, we have not even seen them in action: According to Fair Test (fairtest.org), current common core tests are of the old multiple choice variety.

Nor is there evidence that digital tools that present lectures online and reduce interaction with teachers ("flipped classrooms") will improve achievement. This technology is being pushed on classrooms without proper research.

Instead of careful experimentation, the plan is to use nearly the entire student population as experimental subjects.

Jumping in without proper preparation wastes our students' time and will cost taxpayers much more money in the long run.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

original article: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304279904579515444132790598

Lack of evidence for flipped classrooms: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar13/vol70/num06/Evidence-on-Flipped-Classrooms-Is-Still-Coming-In.aspx
Fairtest: http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great post, and was thinking much the same myself. Another great update.

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