Will National Pride and Moore's Law Save Our Schools?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 7:29pm.
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Inspired by Professor Natriello's monumental EdLab Foundations Seminar, I thought I would share this fascinating, eye-opening timeline of the New York Time's EdTech writing ranging from the 1970s-2000s.

What is most striking to me is that we seem to be debating the same issues in slightly different forms... from technology as a great equalizer on the plus side, to the complicated, expensive process of implementation on the other. Specific examples include an excerpt of an article from 1970 entitled, "Time to Teach those Teaching Machines," to a piece from the mid-80's that suggests a potentially paperless campus, "Computers in the Grove of Academe."

Since the issues we debate today have been tossed-around in one form or another for more than a few decades, what distinguishes today's debate? Are we any closer to fully successfully uniting technology and education? The answer may lay somewhere in a perfect storm of decreasing cost to produce technology and the widening gap between the academic performance of the US and the rest of the world. Perhaps Moore's Law and the sheer embarrassment of coming dangerously close to being ranked last in academic performance worldwide will help to save our schools?