reason: What is at the very top of your education reform list?Here is my prediction: online learning is not going to save us.
Jeb Bush: Applying digital learning as a transformative tool to disrupt the public education system, to make it more child-centered, more customized, more robust, more diverse, and more exciting.
I'm pretty sure.
I would like online learning to work. (I think.) I just don't expect that it's going to work, partly because it hasn't worked (well) for me or for anyone close to me, and partly because distance learning was an expensive flop when colleges tried it in the 1990s (see pages 98-99).
This brings me to my beef with education reformers who are advocating "technology": if they don't have an argument as to why technology is going to be "transformative" this time around, then they don't have an argument.
That's not to say they're wrong; maybe this time will be different. But I have yet to hear a reformer explain why this time will be different, and that's a problem.
They are not reckoning with the evidence against their position.
High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian
Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom
Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
The Computer Delusion by Todd Oppenheimer
In defense of Clifford Stoll
Virtual Schools at Education Next