Technology will free learning from the dead hand of the past

Terry Moe and John Chubb say…

The American education system faces much more than a performance problem. It also faces a political problem that, in the grander scheme of things, is more fundamental than the performance problem itself – because it prevents the performance problem from being seriously addressed and resolved. . . .

What sets technology apart from other sources of reform is that . . . it also has a far-reaching capacity to change politics – and to eat away, relentlessly and effectively, at the political barriers that have long prevented reform. Technology, then, is a double-barreled agent of change. It generates the innovations that make change attractive, and at the same time it undermines the political resistance that would normally prevent change from happening. . . .

This will mean real improvement, and real benefits for the nation and its children. It will also mean something still more profound: the dawning of a new era in which politics is more open, productive ideas are more likely to flourish – and learning is liberated from the dead hand of the past. [Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education, pp. 10–12]

2 Responses to “Technology will free learning from the dead hand of the past”

  1. I think you make a very valid point. Technology allows people to get information NOW, meaning that an event can happen right now, and five minutes later millions of people can know. Technology allows people to be informed, but it can also help lies to spread and many people to be misinformend. If people are unhappy about something politically, then technology allows people to voice their opinions instantly, rather through a blog, a letter, a phonecall, a “status” post, a twitter, or many other forms of technology. This can mean real improvement, if people get their comments to the right place at the right time

  2. For your information, I’m a Greek teacher and I’m translating into Greek this series of your posts. Very inspiring…. they fit perfectly well to the Greek education system

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