In Praise of Explanations

Scenes From The Battleground

Having seen it recommended by a couple of bloggers (Thanks, Larry and Stephen) I’ve just watched this video:

It’s an argument that there are good reasons why technology has repeatedly failed to transform education and seems likely to fail again. A similar message can also be found in much of Larry Cuban’s writings (and I can recommend his blog and Teachers and Machines: Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920) and initially I thought it might make a good postscript to my recently completed series of posts about the future.

However, while I agree with so much of this video I think there is a real problem with the explanation of what it is about teaching that technology has been unable to change and, in particular, the reason why Youtube videos will not replace teachers. The explanation given is:

Well, if you think that the fundamental job of a teacher is…

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