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Wendy Lecker: Removing humans from education - StamfordAdvocate

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WHAT DOES LEARNING LOOK LIKE? Few people know about this complex brain activity which is why  this can happen: Superintendents in Connecticut (CAPSS) have endorsed the idea of putting children in front of machines and calling it 'personalized learning.' As Wendy Lecker shows in this post, this machine work is neither 'personalized' nor is it 'learning.' How can a machine be more 'personal' than a human? 'Tufts reading and child development expert Maryanne Wolf is among those who raise concerns about emphasizing learning on a computer before rigorous research tells us how online learning may change brain circuitry. A longitudinal study of diverse California high schools confirmed previous research that students who feel connected to their teachers improve academically, engage in less risky behavior, and are more likely to complete high school.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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