In James Paul Gee’s book, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning, Gee declares that people are stupid because children are not brought up to think intelligently. In one of his major arguments, he shares his disapproval for how institutions, like colleges and universities, are run. Schools do not encourage critical, collaborative thinking. Tests commonly ask multiple-choice questions, which students are simply required to memorize. Assignments often consist of specific steps, not open-ended inquiry. Schools do the thinking for students.
Recognizing these conundrums is an important first step for teachers. Though we as teachers will continue to face educational complexities, it is our responsibility to find ways to help students think critically, collaboratively, and with passion. Simply incorporating technology into the curriculum is not enough. We need to apply technology in purposeful ways and encourage children to use it to make meaningful change. Click here to learn more about Gee’s position, my analysis of his beliefs, and my suggestions for how to promote positive changes within schools.