Sunday, January 9, 2011

Problem-Solving: Conversations with Colleagues about THE SHALLOWS

“As we ‘externalize’ [sub-contract] problem solving and other cognitive chores to our computers, we reduce our brain’s ability ‘to build stable knowledge structures’—schemas, in other words—that can later ‘be applied in new situations.’” (216)

p.s. Note today's New York Times featured article in "Education Life"--about the College Board's sweeping changes in the AP tests towards developing stronger problem-solving skills  (n.b. the Board's increased attention to depth over breadth, in response to feedback from classroom teachers).

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