Finnish Schools Not Relying on Ed Tech

31 May

But this is Obama, Arne Duncan and Bill Gate’s favorite way to fight poverty. Spend billions on Ed Tech but not one more cent for schools and early childhood education programs for children living in poverty. Do you think speeding billions for Apple iPads will take a child from poverty and motivate them to work harder in school so they grow up and join the middle class?

I worked with children who lived in poverty for thirty years and I know an Apple iPad will not change anything. All the iPad will become is an expensive toy—another form of TV to distract children from reading and doing homework. In fact, I was born to poverty and grew up as a child in poverty. I know!

“Educational outcomes are one of the key areas influenced by family incomes. Children from low-income families often start school already behind their peers who come from more affluent families, as shown in measures of school readiness. The incidence, depth, duration and timing of poverty all influence a child’s educational attainment, along with community characteristics and social networks. However, both Canadian and international interventions have shown that the effects of poverty can be reduced using sustainable interventions. Paediatricians and family doctors have many opportunities to influence readiness for school and educational success in primary care settings.”

Where does America rank in early childhood education programs? Watch the video and find out.

An Apple iPad does not equal high quality material that may be used in the classroom. That choice must be left up to teachers—not politicians or billionaires like Bill Gates.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Caitlin Emmaof paid a visit to Finland and was surprised to discover that teachers are not depending on educational technology. By contrast, American schools are spending billions of dollars on tablets, laptops, and other devices.

She writes:

“Finnish students and teachers didn’t need laptops and iPads to get to the top of international education rankings, said Krista Kiuru, minister of education and science at the Finnish Parliament. And officials say they aren’t interested in using them to stay there.

“That’s in stark contrast to what reformers in the U.S. say. From President Barack Obama on down, they have called education technology critical to improving schools. By shifting around $2 billion in existing funds and soliciting $2 billion in contributions from private companies, the Obama administration is pressing to expand schools’ access to broadband and the devices that thrive on it.

“School districts nationwide have loaded up students with…

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