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What an utter con-job the Silicon Valley Billionaires are putting over on our schools. We don't do the simple things that are already known to work, such as removing bad teachers and promoting good ones with merit pay, splitting students into roughly equivalent ability groups with mobility between groups, and really challenging students with rigorous work in reading, math and science. Instead, we get a new experiment each year with a new theory...
Why not keep it simple. Look at Singapore, Finland and a few countries where children are educated well for a reasonable cost? The Ego of these leaders who will declare victory when their projects fail and simply move on to the next fashion label trend.
"These efforts coincide with a larger Silicon Valley push to sell computers and software to American schools, a lucrative market projected to reach $21 billion by 2020." There's my problem with tech gurus taking over education. It's about selling a product and making a profit, not about teaching our children to be intelligent, critical thinkers. I'm reminded of a line from an old episode of "Star Trek." Mr. Spock says, "Computers make excellent...
Excuse me if I sound skeptical. All these tech billionaires shoehorning their not inconsiderable influence into public schools is like the Gold rush prospectors trying to introduce panhandling techniques into schools. The most important 'skill' that a child needs is fearlessness towards learning. Anything, but also about themselves. !2 years of schooling should be able to inculcate belief in their own ability to determine their future and...