It seems topical for older ed tech people to talk about disillusions (Stephen Downes filled the entire yesterday’s newsletter issue with this topic), and I am old enough to comment.
For the oversized patronizing opposite, I don’t know which one of my posts to link to that all addressed this longstanding concern:
- Specifically, for the prosthesis aspect, perhaps see this one, or that series (in the context of think tools). That series will also (part 1) lead you to the keyword of ‘idiosyncratic’ which is the top in Jon Dron’s list.
- For his keyword of ‘centralizing’, I have a whole category.
- For the ‘scale’ aspect, just see my previous post.
Of course, however, as long as parents’ and institutions’ focus is on the efficiency of learning rather than asking what needs to be learned, pessimism is still justified.