The Dashed Dreams of Digital Learning

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Josh Stevenson

“The 2010’s saw the proliferation of laptops, tablets, and all kinds of devices in classrooms. Consumer devices that were originally designed for entertainment or work productivity were repurposed for educational content delivery, digital textbooks, and new ‘individualized learning.’ Personal computing and internet-connected devices were believed to be an equalizing force that would narrow the gap between the digital haves and have-nots. … In December 2019, mere months before Covid school closures, followed by virtual and hybrid school modes across the US in response to the Covid pandemic, an MIT Technology Review article titled ‘How Classroom Technology is Holding Students Back,’ detailed the alarming results that a years long push that the ‘device for every child’ movement had achieved.” (05/25/23)