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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:14

Tech in schools proving useless

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Kids aren’t getting smarter
It appears that all efforts to bring shedloads of tech to every classroom are failing to justify the expense.

Paper-less classrooms, internet access and networking have been a craze for years. However, educators are now complaining that the influx of tech did not do much to improve test scores or justify the immense expense of upgrading education.

Since 2005 test scores in the US have seen a sharp decline and tech isn’t helping. Schools are spending a lot of their budgets towards improving tech standards, making sure that every student has a laptop and proper internet access, even at the expense of traditional teaching methods. The approach, claim some, is showing no dividends.

However, backers of tech initiatives in education, mainly White House staffers and Silicon Valley types, claim that the test results fail to paint a full picture. They believe kids are better prepared for a high tech job market thanks to new technologies available in schools. Test results, math scores and other indicators tell a different tale, but advocates of digital learning aren’t backing down.

They claim old fashioned results simply fail to illustrate new skills obtained by the kids thanks to their high tech education.

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0 #1 CrAcKeRjAcK 2011-09-06 11:39
I agree with the White House

I am in the US Navy and the Navy almost requires having great tech skills. In today's world, as sad as it may seem,it's not about how to do it, but what can you use to get the job done for you.

Most jobs use tools to do the Math, and computation tasks that are needed on a specific project. Everybody uses programs to do this now. Goes for both business and engineering worlds.
-1 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-09-06 12:32
That's because the teachers aren't "teaching". They're letting the tech teach.
+1 #3 thematrix606 2011-09-06 15:02
"Test results, math scores and other indicators tell a different tale"

Learning an additional skill hardly has impact on your previously learned skills. Why would you expect your math skills to improve if you know how to drive a car or can locate a country on a map?

"even at the expense of traditional teaching methods."

And yes, you can't skip traditional teaching methods, then do traditional tests and expect a higher result... haven't these people been to school? >.>
+1 #4 Haberlandt 2011-09-06 15:59
Has nobody heard of khanacademy?
0 #5 Jerebaldo1 2011-09-06 16:38
No, no, teching up the classroom isn't the answer. That's merely the finger pointing towards the moon. The real solution is teching up our students; cybernetic implants running Windows K12, with a few advertisements.
0 #6 Joonas 2011-09-06 18:55
Having the tools means nothing. Yes, learning will become easier, but the effort children will invest into learning will simply become that much less. The only thing they should notice is a fewer amount of F's because the internet provides more ways to learn.
0 #7 Abdussamad 2011-09-07 04:28
Of course it's not going to help! Children are wasting their time on facebook or youtube. They are certainly not using computers to learn worthwhile things.
0 #8 navair2 2011-09-07 11:43
It's because the school systems are refusing to deal with human nature. Throw all the tech you want at students who don't want to learn, it won't make them better students.

Parents have been laying down on their job for YEARS, which is to raise their children properly...can anyone expect the state-run SCHOOLS to do a better job?

No quick fix here.
0 #9 Warrior24_7 2011-09-07 12:18
Why are people forgetting that tech is a tool. Technology doesn't make you smart! It never was suppose to. That's the problem right there. It makes things easier, faster, and more convienient. It does the mundane or the complicated for you.

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