The Common Core is a solution in search of a problem created extra-democratically without a single vote by an elected official. It will reduce access to computers by relegating them to their weakest uses for test prep and testing. Schools will make hysterical “security” choices for those computers because of testing that will impede student learning and expression. Such low-level use of computers raises the cost and distracts teachers from using computers to amplify human potential.
Perhaps schools can learn one lesson from the private sector in order to explain how 30 years after computers entered classrooms, we still need to beg, bribe, threaten, coerce, and cajole teachers into using one. Limited access, unimaginative vision, and low-expectations may explain why teachers are the last group of adults to use a computer. The best way to ensure that teachers will use computers to their potential is to create scenarios in which they see through the eyes and screens of their students what is possible.
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