Sadly, EdTech, the field that I used to feel part of, is never going to change, so this post from Audrey Watters was sadly inevitable. Anything that can be commodified will be commodified, it would seem.
Thanks Audrey, you’re awesome. I hope you find solace and energy in what you decide to do next.
I probably do have a wee bit more to say about ed-tech — the “good riddance” part — but I don’t feel like posting it on Hack Education. I’ll write about it here — therapeutically, I reckon. But I don’t really want to continue to churn out criticism of the field/industry/discipline. Sufficed to say: folks will bend over backwards to justify the most fucked-up tools and the most oppressive educational practices and technologies. Some folks will say yes, the technology is bad — if we just had better technology then everything’d be okay. Others will say that it’s our educational practices that suck — if we just had better pedagogies, then everything technological would fall into place. Both camps still insist that the future is “digital,” and as such, are trapped in a story that will never get them to “better” because the foundations will always be rotten. And so few people in ed-tech, so fixated on their fantasies about the future, want to talk about that.