A Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education (Justin Reich)

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Justin Reich is a Professor at MIT and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. He is the author of the Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education (Harvard University Press, 2020).This article appeared in Teaching Times, August 20, 2020.

Over the last ten years, education technology evangelists have made remarkable claims about how new technologies will transform educational systems. In 2009, Clay Christensen of the Harvard Business School predicted that half of all secondary school courses in the US would be online by 2019, and that they’d cost 1/3 of a traditional course and provide better outcomes. Sal Khan of Khan Academy proposed in a TED talk that he could use short videos to reinvent education.

Sebastian Thrun of Udacity said that in 50 years we’d have only 10 institutions of higher education in the world after massive open online courses colonized…

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  1. In 2010 schreef mijn held computerwetenschapper en muzikant (!) Jaron Lanier :“You are not a gadget” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/books/15book.html

    Op blz. 69 schrijft hij: informatiesystemen hebben informatie nodig waar ze op draaien, maar informatie vertegenwoordigt de werkelijkheid nooit helemaal …Wat een geautomatiseerde analyse van alle schooltesten in het land heeft gedaan met het onderwijs, is precies wat Facebook heeft gedaan met vriendschappen. In beide gevallen wordt het leven omgezet in een database. Beide degradaties zijn gebaseerd op dezelfde filosofische fout, namelijk de overtuiging dat computers het menselijk denken of menselijke relaties kunnen vertegenwoordigen. Dat is iets wat computers momenteel niet kunnen. (Vertaling van mij.)

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