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Opinion: What the iPad (and other technology) can’t replace in education

A recent article in the New York Times explains how after investing $33 million in technology, a school district in Arizona has seen almost no improvement in test scores. Duh, says Karim Kai Ani, founder of Mathalicious, which is rewriting the middle school math curriculum around real-world topics, for the Washington Post. It’s no surprise that we as a society have a kind of blind faith that technology is able to solve all of our problems. Yet while the iPad can and should replace textbooks, it can’t replace common sense. Unfortunately that’s exactly what’s happening in education reform…

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