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Argument: Improving teaching methods is more important to education than adding technology

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  • Secular Humanist (online debater). Economist Debate Series. October 18, 2007 - "The quality of education is affected not by technology but by teaching methods. Incorporating technologies for the sake of incorporating them, without caring for a syllabus plus new approach of education that can actually make use of those technologies, certainly adds little quality. Our concept of education - which dates back to the Industrial Revolution - needs to evolve into 21st Century concepts before 21st Century technologies can effectively complement the system. Technology is a tool that we use to solve problems, but nowadays 'How do we stuff a computer into the syllabus?" has replaced the real question,which is "How can we teach more effectively?'. Continued introduction of new technologies and new media will continue to add little to the quality of most education unless education itself was reformed so that technologies can be fully exploited. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case in most institutions."
  • BAbaracus (online debater). Economist Debate Series. October 16, 2007 - "Pro for the proposition. Though technology has added some new elements to education over the past two decades, it remains inconsequential in comparison to the many other developments in education and pedagogy. The introduction of technology to the classroom certainly has been influential, allowing students to bridge all kinds of divides which had been impassable otherwise. College students can learn from satellite locations, allowing them to access the education of their choice regardless of where they live. High school students more and more have the ability to pursue their dreams of being a newscaster or web designer through the introduction of state of the art multi-media classrooms in their schools. Students of the arts have increased access to forms of technology which accommodate their own muse in terms of audio, video, and the written word. Even young students with disabilities have benefited. Certain software programs (which have the patience and consistency no human could ever emulate), majoring on repetition and fluency, have taught otherwise unreachable young students how to read. The introduction of these technologies, however, adds little to the quality of most education because many of the groundbreaking applications of technology have been discipline-specific. In other words, where its impact has been most significant, the presence of new technology and new media in the classroom has been the object of the education, not the means. As a result, it sort of fades to the background behind the other more salient positive influences on education, namely the progressive education philosophy, inclusion of students with disabilities, and the continuous application of research to teaching methods."

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