The Importance Of Technology In Higher Education

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In the development of the minds of the future, technology is often promoted as the key to success. Yet merely throwing technology at students cannot guarantee learning. Technology can both harm and help minds, and much of the “cool consumer worldview” and academic awkwardness among students (especially in developed nations or/and from privileged family background) today is a result of technology gone awry.
Few observers of American life, including its intellectual and technological life, are as keen as Bill Watterson. Calvin is sophisticated enough to complain about how his “centering, self-actualizing anima has been impacted by toxic, co-dependent dysfunctionality,” yet immature enough to be stunned upon learning that teachers do not “sleep in coffins all summer”. This kind of attitude makes Calvin the perfect caricature of an average school or even college student. Watterson’s work has also helped me analyze my own experiences as a student. Calvin and Hobbes is not merely good humor, but a reasonable basis for a discussion about academe and technology. Other scholars have discussed problems in higher education through apertures that are not directly related to technology, and their views are helpful in understanding technology’s role in academia’s problems. Mark Edmundson, Professor of English at the University of Virginia and contributing editor to Harper’s, wrote in a controversial 1997 article about a dangerous “cool consumer worldview” plaguing college students.
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