IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES: For Diane Ravitch, there's a non-negotiable conundrum between "teachers [who] see technology as a tool to inspire learning" and "entrepreneurs [who] see it as a way to standardize teaching, to replace teachers, to make money." Only one side will prevail, she says. Ravitch recently shared her top three edtech pet peeves in Scientific American:
- For-profit online charter schools that spend public taxpayer dollars
- Machine graders for essays
- Collection of personal and performance data on students
Her piece is part of a larger Scientific American special on "Learning in the Digital Age" which also features op-eds from smart fellas like Peter Norvig, Sal Khan, and Peter Vesterbacka from Rovio.