DailyDirt: Technology In Education

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The digital revolution of the education system has yet to really take off. Many students communicate with their teachers via email and have figured out how to use word processors (instead of typewriters), but the widespread use of technology in classrooms hasn't exactly caught on. Cool projects like the Khan Academy are starting to ramp up, but introducing cheap laptops or ebooks into public schools hasn't met with wild success. (Though, if you've heard of any inspiring programs, let us know in the comments.) By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 6:43am

    Re: Re:

    There is no substitute for a good instructor.

    Here is your first post and here is why it is wrong.
    Good instructors are a minority, those are rare people that have uncharacteristic amount of empathy and patience, all the rest don't care, you will never have good instructors in numbers enough inside a society that does not emphasize empathy toward others and enforce patience as a rule because those are the two most important characteristics of good instructors, that is not going to happen in America where fights break out because of silly things and everybody appears to have no patience, which is reflect in the judicial system by the huge amount of litigation going on.

    But it turns out that instructors are not that important, access to the knowledge is, this is why other countries that have the same exact education system fare better because they have a set of social rules that stimulate the search for knowledge.

    So either you change culture inside a country or you change the way "teaching" is done, the easier way is to change the teaching ways to ignore empathy and patience and concentrate on what the underlying social norms are.

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