Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Problem with Education Technology
A follow-up to our discussion of technology last week. This came across the WPA listserv. I haven't read the book yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
"Likewise, alas, with the formal position statement from our colleagues at CCCC:
'Writing-to-a-machine violates the essentially social nature of writing: we write to others for social purposes. If a student’s first writing-experience at an institution is writing to a machine, for instance, this sends a message: writing at this institution is not valued as human communication.'
When we read this, even now for the umpteenth time, we find ourselves simultaneously wanting to cheer and cringe. Cheer, because we’re proud that our national organization is promoting the cause we’ve dedicated our lives to: teaching writing and literacy as something social, as a form of human communication, which brings people together and gives them a voice. Cringe, because it’s naive and wrongheaded. Education in the United States is not social, human, or empowering, and we can’t blame that on the machine."
Ben Fink & Robin Brown, The Problem with Education Technology (Hint: It’s Not the Technology), Utah State UP, 2016. E-book is just $5.00.