Agenda: Class 2

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

"Even if a narrative places one in hell, it is better to be there than to be nowhere. To be nowhere means to live in a barren culture, one that offers no vision of the past or future, no clear voice of authority, no organizing principles. In such a culture, what are schools for? What can they be for?" --Postman, pp. 12-13

"Free human dialogue, wandering wherever the agility of the mind allows, lies at the heart of education. If teachers do not have the time, the incentive, or the wit to provide that, if students are too demoralized, bored, or distracted to muster the attention their teachers need of them, then that is the educational problem which has to be solved--and solved from inside the experience of the teachers and the students. Defaulting to the computer is not a solution; it is a surrender." Roszak, p. 63

"It would be nice if the challenges that parents and policy makers face when confronted with fads like school technology consisted of nothing more than the basic pedagogical questions: What is the purpose of school? What is the true nature of academic work?" Oppenheimer, p. 191

"We must keep our moral and spiritual progress abreast with our scientific and technological advances. This poses another dilemma of modern man. We have allowed our civilazation to outdistance our culture...Civilization refers to what we use; culture refers to what we are. Civilization is that complex of devices, instrumentalities, mechanisms, and techniques by means of which we live. Culture is that realm of ends expressed in art, literature, religion, and morals for which at best we live. The great problem confronting us today is that we have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live. We have allowed our civilization to ourtun our culture, and so we are in danger now of ending up with guided missiles in the hands of misguided men. This is what the poet Thoreau meant when he said, 'Improved means to an unimproved end.' If we are to survive today and realize the dream of our mission and the dream of the world, we must bridge the gulf and somehow keep the means by which we live abreast with the ends for which we live." --Martin Luther King, Jr., The American Dream Speech, 1961.

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