Paper 1: Postman, The End of Education

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

Write a brief paper to answer the following questions. The paper should be typed and double-spaced and conform to basic rules of APA style. Be sure that the paper is double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, in a 12 point font, and with numbered pages. Each answer should be approximately 2 -3 pages long. Under no circumstances should the entire paper be fewer than 5 pages or greater than 10 pages (not including a separate page for a title or an optional page for references). Note that these questions are philosophical in nature, and there are no right or wrong answers. Your answers should reflect a thorough understanding of the text as well as deep and serious thought.

1. On page 11, Postman quotes Niels Bohr as saying, "The opposite of a correct statement is an incorrect statement, but the opposite of a profound truth is another profound truth." What does this statement mean? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?

2. Later on that page, Postman states, "Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly better to have one profound truth, one god, one narrative, than to have none." Postman admits that all gods are flawed. Why is it better to have a flawed god than no god at all?

3. Postman describes several false gods. Technology is one of them. Why does Postman believe that technology is a god? What is flawed about the technology god? Can the technology god still be a "god that serves"? Why or why not? Be sure to think about the difference between a "god that serves" and something that serves but is not a "god."

4. How would Postman classify the difference between a flawed god and a false god? Do you agree with the distinction that Postman makes? Why or why not?

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