Writer and Communications strategist Patrick Riccards, aka Eduflack, has officially seen it all when it comes to the absurd attacks on education reform and progress. In his most recent piece, he calls out his long time adversary, former Connecticut State Sen. Don Williams who now works for the Connecticut Education Association. Williams’ newest enemy in his fight to protect the status quo is…get ready for it…The Computer.
Are we serious? Does the CEA, and by extension, the National Education Association, really believe that technology is to blame for the achievement gap? Do they agree, as Williams says, that when we “digitize our children” we make it impossible for them to become problem solvers? And does the NEA really believe that today’s urban schools are “drilling and spending time on test prep instead of enrichment?”
I get that we are all trying to score rhetorical points in a battle that should be about what is best for kids. But in a 21st century learning environment, can we honestly say technology is bad for classrooms, particularly for high-need classrooms?