Re: [xmca] wikis, textbooks, developing countries, impoverished US schools

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Sep 16 2006 - 16:25:41 PDT


Its very diffiuult for us to keep in mind the intersection of technology,
education, and inequality WITHIN
the world that supports this discussion forum, Carol. Thanks for reminding
us of the depth of the problem.
mike

On 9/12/06, Carol Macdonald <carolmacdon@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Tony:
> I find you argument interesting to read. However, I would like to put you
> in the picture in our rural Black schools. They don't have any access to
> computers (there may be no electricity) and they are unlikely to receive
> textbooks--or sometimes near the end of the school year. So, they can't
> even access wiki. Of course the better school in the suburbs have
> electricity and computers, and so it's the case of the rich getting
> richer... In the Grade 12 exams all the students have to show competence
> on
> using Work as well as Excell, and this is manifestly unfair to those
> students who have never seen a computer. Universities tend to ignore
> these
> marks, as well they might.
> Carol
>
> On 9/12/06, Tony Whitson <twhitson@udel.edu> wrote:
> >
> > I see that I should have done a better job with the SUBJECT line of that
> > post. It's about inequality and opportunity, not just about media and
> > technology.
> >
> > On Tue, 12 Sep 2006, Tony Whitson wrote:
> >
> > > See
> >
> > http://tonywhitson.edublogs.org/2006/09/12/wikis-textbooks/
> >
> > > for links
> > >
> > > An article in Teachers College Press reports on the lack of adequate
> > > textbooks in California's public schools especially in financially
> > less
> > > well-off communities. The authors have been sharply critical of
> > high-stakes
> > > consequences being imposed by NCLB on students in schools without the
> > > resources needed for an education that measures up to the state's
> > standards.
> > >
> > > Meanwhile, NewScientist online reports that 'Students in developing
> > countries
> > > are to get free textbooks written using "wiki" technology that lets
> > anyone
> > > add to or edit an online document.'
> > >
> > > This suggests two possibilities:
> > >
> > > 1. Maybe California students would be better off ; and
> > >
> > > 2. Maybe all students would be better off if they could use wiki-style
> > > textbooks developed by, say, scientists and science teachers, or
> > historians
> > > and history teachers, instead of the textbooks being marketed by
> > commercial
> > > publishers. There are people who would be terrified by this prospect;
> > there
> > > are also legitimate concerns.
> > >
> > > What do you think?
> > >
> > > Tony Whitson
> > > UD School of Education
> > > NEWARK DE 19716
> > >
> > > twhitson@udel.edu
> > > _______________________________
> > >
> > > "those who fail to reread
> > > are obliged to read the same story everywhere"
> > > -- Roland Barthes, S/Z (1970)
> >
> > Tony Whitson
> > UD School of Education
> > NEWARK DE 19716
> >
> > twhitson@udel.edu
> > _______________________________
> >
> > "those who fail to reread
> > are obliged to read the same story everywhere"
> > -- Roland Barthes, S/Z (1970)
> >
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