This week in CEP 812, we read several chapters from James Paul Gee’s book The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning. Throughout Part 1 of the book, Gee argues that humans are stupid.
I often find the word stupid to be a strong and bold word. I can’t say I’m a fan of it very much. However, Gee backs up his claim in identifying that we are “stupid” because we do not use our brain, especially our memory for what it was originally meant to be used for. Instead, we have relied heavily on our memories. Gee explains that our memory is not accurate in that it is manipulated and changed each time we try to recall an event. The time and place at which you are recalling a memory can change it, along with your beliefs, or bias of what you want to recall.
He explains his justifications about memory in comparing it with a computer. Gee states that computer’s have accurate memories because they were made to store information and save it. The only way the information can be changed on a computer is by an individual updating it, deleting it, or writing over it. When he made this comparison it really made me think that he’s on to something.
In conclusion, I wrote a short essay focusing on the human memory as a limitation in preventing us to solve, big, complex problems smartly.
The question I have that still remains for me and I hope to find out while reading Part 2 of Gee’s book is; How can we as a whole start this movement of change to smarter thinking with the use of technology? Where do we start and how can we make this change in society?
Gee. J., (2013). The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning. [Kindle Version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com
Signorelli, P. & Associates. (2013). James Paul Gee, The Anti-Education Era, and Personal Learning Networks. [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/james-paul-gee-the-anti-education-era-and-personal-learning-networks/