Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Is the Use of Untested Technologies in Classrooms Unethical?

Larry Cuban, Tech Thoughts By Jen, Feb 06, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So to set this up: M.O. Thirunarayanan argues, "products are typically purchased by schools and used in classrooms before educators start conducting research to determine if they are effective. This is akin to providing treatment using drugs whose effects have not yet been studied."Larry Cuban replies, "many instructional practices that have been used for centuries such as textbooks, worksheets, blackboards, and homework that underwent no tests then or now." He also points to "the flawed assumption that the author makes about technology, in of itself, determining academic achievement when that outcome results from many in-school and out-of-school factors." That said, I think it's just false that these technologies are untested.

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