By RJ Snell, May 13, 2010 in Editors' Picks, Pedagogy and Teaching
Wendell Berry famously raised the ire of many in a little essay he wrote , "Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer," in which he presented several rules he follows for new technology. I won't list them all, but as an example, his first rule is that the new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
So, a few utterly biased rules which if followed would support my preference--CHALK.
1. The new technology should be needed, and not just a change because one can change.
2. Education ought to operate in piety for the past, and thus the presumption ought to be against change.
3. A classroom should not feel like a boardroom.
4. New tech ought not produce more waste than the previous tech.
5. Ease and efficiency are not trump cards in education; they might even be detriments.
6. Chalk dust on one's pants is funny but oddly provides ethos.
7. Memories of detentions spent clapping erasers together make me happy.