The Future of Education Is Already Happening (If You’re Paying Attention)

John Spencer, The Synapse, Sept 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with the title but question the post as a whole. Itès probably because the post is addressed to teachers and stresses the importance of teachers. "The future of education can’t be found in a gadget or an app or a program or a product," writes John Spencer. "It doesn’t require a think tank full of pundits. No, the future of education can be found in your classroom. Your classroom is packed with creative potential. You have all the innovation you need right there in your room. You have the power to make it happen." Well no. That's not to say you can't be free or creative. But you're not going to be inventing quantum computing in your classroom. Nor even augmented reality glasses. Nor even the new iPhone being announced tomorrow. You may use these things, but the future doesn't happen in that small space between teacher and student. It envelops all of society. Pretending that teachers are insulated from that is dangerous and misleading.

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