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The Limits Of Technology In Improving Education


Our modern technology allows education to take place in ways impossible a generation ago. Closing physical schools for the COVID-19 pandemic and switching to "distance learning" makes it possible for students to keep with studies and keep apart.

But there are issues, both in the moment and overall. Some of the bigger boosts to education expected from technology have not materialized, as Justin Reich points out in his book Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education.

"Killer apps" and robots have not reduced the need for good teachers; the author joins us to explain.

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