Get ready for the next fad in failed education curricula and teaching methods.
It has now been seriously proposed that students do not need to learn facts because facts can be accessed from students' Smartphones.
According to Jon Overton, a teacher from inner London:
“We are no longer in an age where a substantial ‘fact bank’ in our heads is required..."Countering the statement by Jon Overton, we have the following:
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has warned that too many children are finishing compulsory education lacking the most basic knowledge because existing syllabuses have been stripped of core content.One commenter to the article in the Telegraph made the following pithy statement with which I concur:
So everybody gets instantly stupid the moment the network goes down.Or, as I have written about before, information on the web is subject to revision along the lines of Orwell's Newspeak:
Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it refers to the deliberately impoverished language promoted by the state. Orwell included an essay about it in the form of an appendix in which the basic principles of the language are explained. Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. This suits the totalitarian regime of the Party, whose aim is to make any alternative thinking—"thoughtcrime", or "crimethink" in the newest edition of Newspeak—impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. One character, Syme, says admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."Beyond the issue of language, particularly the issue as to how language shapes thought (pdf from Scientific American), creating revisionist history, with us for a long time and particularly since World War I, is merely keystrokes away from authors on the web.
The reality: just because something appears on the Internet does not make that something true or accurate.
Education consists of much more than the memorization of facts. Without facts, however, analytical thinking cannot occur. And without facts, all of us are subject to brainwashing by every agenda that comes along.
Smartphones and the Internet, valuable tools but merely tools, do not make people smart.