Hacking education VII: The Internet does exist

I have already commented before that our educational system obviates money as if children did not know what a Skylanders video game, a Barbie or a pack of stickers cost. Our system also obviates that the Internet exists, that a child with a phone in a test can pull Wikipedia and write a treatise on what is asked, with no more effort than copying it.

It turns out that many teachers, aware of this system weakness students are asked to write their papers by hand. Since you are going to copy it from the Internet, at least you do it yourself. Great, we are back to the Middle Ages and the copyist monks.

On the other hand, the solution is not to ban Internet-connected devices in the classroom but to harness their power and avoid repetitive and rote activities. What's the problem? Getting out of the way requires a lot of effort. Both creating and valuing creativity require a lot of work and it is also a craft effort because no two students are the same and no two exams are the same. Of course, it is very convenient to correct an exam with a template, but that can be done by the machinesThe teacher's job is to motivate, guide and compare students' results.

We can continue to look the other way and think that the Internet does not exist, that students should not have access to information, that the solutions to problems are the exclusive preserve of the teacher, but we are wrong on all sides. Every day there will be more and more restless children because they simply know more about the subject than the teacher himself, and that will be when we will have managed to hack education.


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