Detecting Baloney about “Schools of the Future”

As part of a brief project before our study of the Scientific Revolution, I recently had my sophomore high school students read Carl Sagan’s “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection,” from his 1995 book The Demon-Haunted World. The aim of this mini-unit was to provide students with some tools with which to sharpen their critical … Continue reading Detecting Baloney about “Schools of the Future”

Fending off the Barbarians of Educational Technology

As I took my seat in a high-school auditorium recently, I noted with surprise and a bit of subversive pleasure that our speaker, a prominent author and professor of creative writing, had requested only a podium and an ancient, Little House on the Prairie-looking chalkboard as his stage setup. For the next forty minutes, this … Continue reading Fending off the Barbarians of Educational Technology

Throwing Students to the Wolves of Online Harassment

“Fed by our own uncertainties, occasional anecdotes, and sensational stories from the media, we ignore the data that overwhelmingly show that digital environments are no worse - and often better - than in-person environments. That is to say, the data show that in-person environments nearly always have higher rates of bullying, harassment, and abuse/predation than … Continue reading Throwing Students to the Wolves of Online Harassment

Ed Tech’s Favorite Attack on Teachers: “Fear of Change”

I'd like to address what is perhaps the most common and reprehensible tactic deployed by ed-tech consultants to promote digital technologies in the classroom: the “fear of change” slander. Here’s Scott McLeod again: “Another prevalent issue preventing technology change in schools is fear - fear of change, of the unknown, of letting go of what … Continue reading Ed Tech’s Favorite Attack on Teachers: “Fear of Change”