Caring doesn’t scale. Scaling doesn’t care.

Crossroads Elementary

David Wiley said:

Why are we hell-bent on taking the greatest communications technology ever known and making sure that no one communicates with it? Why must we replace opportunities to interact with teachers and tutors with artificial intelligence and adaptive systems? Why are we so excited by the prospect of care, encouragement, and support giving way to a “Next” button that algorithmically chooses what a student should see next? The answer is that caring doesn’t scale – and given the choice between the two, mainstream edtech chooses to scale. (For sake of completeness, we should explicitly state the corollary to ‘caring doesn’t scale,’ which is ‘scaling doesn’t care.’)

This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4064

Image credit: Crossroads Elementary School, DoDEA

One Response to “Caring doesn’t scale. Scaling doesn’t care.”

  1. Exactly!! Even with the best of technology, no one can replace the teachers. Instead technology should be focused on assisting & aiding the teachers as a sidekick.
    Our App, Arch The Way, is a simple messaging app for teachers to connect with their students & parents. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.my.arch
    http://www.archtheway.com

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