The logic of technagogy might be stated thus: the more technology we use in elementary and secondary schools the less the students need to think and do. In other words, introducing children at younger ages and in a sustained fashion to trends in technology products will not yield a more intelligent or deliberate human. It seems, rather, that the opposite would be true.
Perhaps a corollary might be that to learn deeply and thoroughly one should come to education as bereft of technology products as possible and continue that way.
Also, it might also be obvious that the common ground of our living is “technological.” We should admit that our children are in many respects suckled at the teat of a technological mother. We eat, drink and breathe technology. We consume pixels as if they were top of the food pyramid. It is a starvation diet.
Admitting this we might also assert that the children we know and parent and teach are already “tech savvy” and need no assistance from educational systems in order to learn how to be tech savvy.
About the only thing that I could imagine would be useful pedagogically to a child in a technological age would be to initiate the understanding of how these technologies actually work. To create a mind that might actually be able to write code and speak the language of the binary Borg. I shudder at that, but in some sense, it would at least be “useful” in our horrifying future.
So, how does it benefit children to use a technagogical curriculum? It doesn’t.
It DOES benefit purveyors of technology products. It does benefit people who promote technology education. It does benefit school systems if they feel they can “educate” to “testing standards” hundreds of students via a computer program. It allows them to cut the pesky human labor that costs way too much money.
But I honestly don’t really care about that. Really. I just get angry at the stupidity of arguments FOR educational use of technology as a learning tool.
I might offer that teaching math via tech programs makes some sense to me as I see it as a kind of “rote” language for the VAST majority of all humans. You don’t need to know much to manage your life. And again the LOGIC of Technagogy basically “programs” all mathematical functions into computer systems. There can’t be much call for millions of students learning how to write programs that change how our “math” is computed. It’s a subject suited for technology and that’s WHY it is pushed as a standard to make hay over. It IS a calculable discipline.
But one doesn’t need education to give itself over to the lowest common denominator of rote factual learning. One needs a school, a class, a teacher, a community to show the way towards humanity, understanding, sympathy, narrative, poetry, art, music. These are NOT rote and factual but are rather multi-sensory and soulful. These are the subjects that bring human life to a pinnacle of self-discovery and expression.
This is what we are undercutting and selling out from under our kids, our society. These are the very things that make life worth living; the very things that encourage sharing and discussion and creativity.
The very things we are no longer able to do. We believe music is a “sampling” medium. This is our loss; this is us lost.