Friday, November 18, 2005

The Achievement Trap ....and Technology?

Hi All,

I just came across an article that questions the premise of our test driven
education system.
The Article

Apparently, "getting an education" used to mean creating thoughtful citizens. Go figure. Now we are trapped in a achievement driven culture that is focused on producing kids that may become high income earners. (The jury is out as to whether this system actually does that.)

Why is this relevant to my Blog?

Well, ed tech swings with the educational pendulum. If we are in an achievement trap (generally) then most ed tech products will reflect this. If you don't, you won't sell units. Right?

Why can't ed tech products and practitioners lead the way out of this unfortunate situation? Why should we allow kids to be placed in this "one size fits all" system?

What do you think?

Jim :-)

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