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Engines for Education 1st Edition
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While motivating the need for remedying education, Schank takes the approach of preaching to the converted. Either that, or he acts as a demagogue, I am interpreting it politely. Basically, he establishes the need for change in education, by and large, anecdotally, without reference to relevant evidence, without reporting any research or non-subjective demonstration of the motivation for his proposed fix.
Also, one must accept the concept that this fix would work on a large scale on faith. Who knows? Maybe exponentially expaning computer-based learning could improve education in many ways. Would those improvements remedy ALL the ills of education he cites? Maybe... maybe not.
would there be negative side effects to expanding the role of computers in instruction? Schank does not consider these possibilities thoroughly enough. In short, a very interesting idea that is presented in an uncomfortably one-sided fashion. A reccomended read; but to be read with critical faculties as well as an open mind.