Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education
Author: Justin Reich
Publishing Company: Harvard University Press
Price: $15.37 (kindle), $24.17 (hardcover)
ISBN: (hardcover) 978-0674089044
Published: September 15, 2020
In Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education, Justin Reich delivers a sobering report card on the latest supposedly transformative educational technologies. Reich takes readers on a tour of MOOCs, autograders, computerized “intelligent tutors,” and other educational technologies whose problems and paradoxes have bedeviled educators. Learning technologies―even those that are free to access―often provide the greatest benefit to affluent students and do little to combat growing inequality in education. And institutions and investors often favor programs that scale up quickly, but at the expense of true innovation. It turns out that technology cannot by itself disrupt education or provide shortcuts past the hard road of institutional change.