Just when I’d concluded that the infographic genre as a whole was was as intellectually nourishing as cotton candy, along comes this one.
There’s no doubt that Apple iPads, Kindles, and other intelligent devices can be useful tools in a classroom. And years ago, I wrote some stirring articles calling for their presence in every school. But that was before I subjected my own kids to public schools in Texas -– where we’ve had the “benefit” of standardized testing and the mind-numbingly awful curricula that administrators adopt to support it -– far longer than the rest of the country.
It’s clear to me now, that in an era dominated by shrinking education budgets, ever-increasing class sizes, and standardized testing regimens that crush any attempt at creative teaching in the mindless pursuit of higher scores, it is unconscionable to consider investing education dollars in these expensive and fragile gadgets.
Unfortunately, I have no doubt that it will happen anyway as lobbyists for hardware vendors line up alongside the purveyors of those standardized tests and workbooks to convince school boards that they can get something for nothing. Even as another generation endures 12 years of public education without ever learning how to think, or being given any reason to view learning as anything but a chore.