In Education’s Problems, Technology Won’t Make a Dent

Says who, you ask? The late Steve Jobs, founder and visionary of Apple computers, IPods, and IPads, in a 1996 interview with Wired.com:

I used to think that technology could help education. I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I’ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.

It’s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA [National Education Association] and the dropping of SAT scores, and they’re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.

Which is another way of saying: the problem is sin.

Sin in education looks like:

  • Teachers valuing paychecks over excellent performance.
  • Organizations valuing tradition and appearance over excellent teaching.
  • Parents valuing appeasement over tough love.
  • Students valuing free time over hard work.

Yep, it’s all of the above. And, nope, technology can’t fix any of that.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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