Today’s (5/13/2017) New York Times has an article about Google’s impact on education.
This quote in the article astounded me:
“The director of Google’s education apps group, Jonathan Rochelle, touched on that idea in a speech at an industry conference last year. Referring to his own children, he said: “I cannot answer for them what they are going to do with the quadratic equation. I don’t know why they are learning it.” He added, “And I don’t know why they can’t ask Google for the answer if the answer is right there.””
The quadratic formula has many uses in science, engineering as well as in higher math. Telling one’s child that there is no reason to learn it (as well as undoubtedly the many related things that might cause discomfort to young brains) will quickly close off several technical career options to them!
I have seen my weakest math students use Google to look up 3 times 5!!! This is the end result of this philosophy – students who fail because they have not acquired a minimal amount of foundational knowledge.
Educators need to stop swallowing this swill hook, line, and sinker! Talented and creative people often develop new ideas because their brains combine older ideas from disparate fields in novel ways. Deprive people of their base of knowledge by telling them that they needn’t bother to learn things when they can just look them up, and they will be transformed into mindless drones!
This is the equivalent of intellectual heroin pushing and should be VIGOROUSLY OPPOSED by educators!!!