Diane Ravitch exposes the 5 top risks from the misuse of technology in schools

Education expert Diane Ravitch is not against constructive use of technology in schools but she recognizes that industry has a powerful profit interest in encouraging schools to overuse and misuse technology in schools. “The greatest fear of parents and teachers is that the tech industry wants to replace teachers with computers,” she writes in a column published by EdSurge. “They fear that the business leaders want to cut costs by replacing expensive humans with inexpensive machines, that never require health care or a pension. They believe that education requires human interaction. They prefer experience, wisdom, judgment, sensibility, sensitivity and compassion in the classroom to the cold, static excellence of a machine. I agree with them.”

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Two education enemies – Diane Ravitch and Whitney Tilson – find some common ground – Washington Post

Two well-known education advocates with very different political perspectives and approaches to education reform have compiled a list of things they agree on. Among the items historian and author Diane Ravitch and investor and charter school advocate Whitney Tilson agreed on is that “in fighting for the interests of teachers, unions are doing exactly what they’re supposed to.”

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