I’m reading Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”. Nothing here is new (it’s an old book & I’m a chemist) so it resonates. However, I am making a connection. Rachel was concerned about what our blind application of technology (pesticides, fertilizer, etc) does to the Earth. I wonder if her arguments might be well applied to education. In what way is our blind application of technology (from computers to standardized tests) ruining the fertile ground of our students’ minds? What long range effects might we be creating in hopes of short term gain?