The Anti Education Era

James Paul Gee is the author of the book, The Anti Education Era. He is unforgiving in his analysis and opinion about the education system in the United States and how in this era of digital learning, smarter students need to be created. It is a good read that I believe all educators should read. It makes you think and look at students in this new era of technology. Below is a link to a google doc that discusses my thoughts in answering the question-What limitations prevent us from solving big, complex problems smartly? Hopefully it makes one think and hopefully makes you want to read further what Gee is talking about.

Anti Education Question Response


2 thoughts on “The Anti Education Era

  1. I think that you were right on when you quoted Gee’s position about accurate memory. If we are depending more and more on technology then we will lack experience to store, so we won’t have anything stored in our memory for retrieval. The example of turning “google” into a verb in the saying “go google it” and not giving students practice at learning how to cite books is very supportive of what Gee talked about. I connect this with what stood out to me which was the short-circuiting the circuit of human reflective action. Gee listed past experience as the first thing needed to complete this reflective circuit, but when we rely on technology to “do” what we used to do ourselves we are cheating ourselves out of the experience.

    • Technology is beginning to take the place of things people have done for hundreds of years. My concern becomes as Gee pointed out, students are not gaining the problem solving skills when the enter the ‘real word.’ I think this is coming from the dependance on technology. It is finding the right balance between technology and still having students gain skills such as problem solving. If they can’t do it without technology, how can they be expected to do it with technology?

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