Automated Living in U.S. (Part 2)

Dear readers,
Thanks to Larry Cuban, again and again. He helps me see what forces are driving the de-persnalizing of human relationships. The automation of our humanity. Think of all the sci fi we’ve absorbed about this. Yes, it’s related to the profit motive–inexorably, I fear. And it’s moving fast, starting with the youngest who relate now not only “not to people” but not even to dolls–or other people-like or living objects as we replace play with computerized devices and school lessons. It’s a good moment for re-reading Mike Rose’s Lives on the Boundary–and reminding ourselves of the power of the human touch, the human voice, the human interaction.
Deb

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice


In Part 1, I pointed out earlier predictions of futuristic schools and one in New York City that offers “blended” and “personalized” learning. A school that uses multiple ways teaching includes software customized to each student’s math knowledge and skills. It is an example of automated teaching and learning that champions of school technology see as the future of schooling. Maybe algorithms will indeed become standard in the next generation so that by 2025, schools will no longer be recognizable. But “maybe” not.

There are fewer “maybes,” however, when it comes to the spread of automation in the U.S. beyond ATMs, supermarket self-checkout counters, and industrial robots. Piloting jumbo jets, self-driving cars,  trading stock on Wall Street, practicing law and medicine, and other occupations  once thought to be invulnerable to automation are either wholly run by software or largely guided by programmed instructions.

Once a job or task from…

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