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First of all, we must realize that there is no clear and irrefutable evidence that our educational system is “broken.” Our system is clearly not perfect. However, it is not clear that it is completely broken.
The question then becomes “why do we focus so much on technology when our system clearly has problems?” To this, there are at least two possible reasons. One reason for focusing on technology is that it is reasonable to believe that technological education is something that our children need to prepare them for their futures. In this view, if we do not pay attention to technology, our children will lack the skills that they need to have successful lives. We need to teach them about things like computers so that they will be able to do the kinds of jobs that are needed in our modern economy. In this view, then, one thing that is wrong with our system is that it does not teach enough about the technologies that our kids will deal with. Teaching them about technology is one way to “fix” our system.
A second reason for focusing on technology is that it is possible to imagine that technology can improve education. In this view, one problem with our system is that it is not interesting enough for our students. Technology, in this view, can be used to make the system better. As one example of this, children can do their math classes on a computer using a program that tailors the questions asked to their abilities. This allows them to learn much more efficiently than is possible when a teacher just hands the same worksheet to all of the students.
We focus on technology, then, because we think that it might improve our educational system.
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