You might think I’m crazy…

The highlighted text below (Carr, citing Postman) is exactly why I am so leery of both business & technology in education (not against, just wary). I don’t see efficiency as a worthy goal & I certainly value human decision-making. These biases are part of business & technology, they must be identified & guarded against at all costs or we’ll simply replace one shoddy education system with another. Yet, as Huxley might say, our deepest desires may just be our demise.

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2 Responses to You might think I’m crazy…

  1. David Malm says:

    This is an interesting dichotomy that is dealt with in business all the time. Often it forms the crux of the struggle between upper management and middle management. If you think of employees as capital, then you strive for efficiency. But when you enter the human equation it becomes much more complex. Not just with employees but also with customers. More and more what distinguishes one company from another isn’t their products but their customer service. So we emphasize the customer interaction which requires happy employees. Happy employees may not be the most efficient. But how do we quantify that? What statistic truly gauges that interaction and how can it be put in front of a shareholder?

    In a much larger sense we are allowing the training of our “human capital” to be sabotaged by our education system. Any business that is run like our school systems would fail immediately. And I’m not speaking on financial grounds since schools are inherently subsidized anyways. But the end product is the goal. We are essentially producing a faulty product. This creates ever more difficult situations for the companies that hire and attempt to train, or retrain, their employees. They have not been taught to learn or to teach themselves. They have no sense of drive to better themselves to compete for a promotion because they feel entitled. They never had to work hard to get through school, why would they have to work hard in a job?

    We have been raised on the ideology and propaganda of capitalism as a survival of the fittest enterprise. This is why we so often fail. I am a firm believer in the Nash equilibrium theory and how it can be applied on both micro and macro levels. Our corporations, our schools, our politics, even our day to day interactions would be much more productive with this simple attribute.


    • jerridkruse says:

      You wanna give us some more info on the “nash equilibrium”? :)

      What our product should be in education is what is at the heart of education reform. If we are trying to create subservient individuals who “know their place” and can complete mindless tasks, then schools are great! However, that is not what I want for my children.

      Thanks for contribution Dave.


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