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What the L.A. times called chaos, the Washington Post called tech-savvy - but at the end of the day one thing was clear: the young people getting iPads in LAUSD would have been the best people to pay and consult to effectively roll-out the devices across the district.
This story got me thinking about an excerpt on page 43 in Reinhold Niebuhr’s Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic:
In one sense modern civilization substitutes unconscious sins of more destructive consequences for conscious sins of less destructive consequences. Men try consciously to eliminate the atrocities of society, but meanwhile they unheedingly build a civilization which is more destructive of moral and personal values than anything intended in a more primitive society.
The connection is a little abstract, I admit, but the point is that often the biggest mistakes are made from errors of omission and ignorance rather than the conscious destructive acts of people.
Which of course gets me thinking about school reform. I’m often challenged to think about whether, when, or how to ascribe intent to what’s happening in ed reform. I do think there are, in Niebuhr’s language, “conscious sinners” but for the most part I think the last thirty years of education reform mirror the roll-out of the iPad in LAUSD. People with good intentions attempting to do something of value but not understanding the world and the users they are acting in, and not taking time to think through the impact.
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If schools are de-emphasizing culturally enriching field trips, has anything been lost as a result? Surprisingly, we have relatively little rigorous evidence about how field trips affect students. The research presented here is the first large-scale randomized-control trial designed to measure what students learn from school tours of an art museum.
We find that students learn quite a lot. In particular, enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.
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