4th Industrial Revolution, Cognitive Enablers, Higher Education

Automated Stem

An article in Wired today by Tom Hulme heretical for us dogmatic orthodox educators. He wrote about the role of technology in the job market and what we should be doing about it in education.

Now get this. He is saying that a lot of the training that we are doing in the STEM subjects will be automated. Can you believe this? He is going against all of the conventional higher education wisdom combined. STEM jobs possibly automated! This is nothing short of heretical. STEM is the area of education that is the golden goose. How could he even suggested that pursuing the golden goose might be a dead end?

I can’t believe it!

He is saying that creative thinking and critical thinking are the really important areas that will be safe. I think that the hordes of you out there who consistently slam me with the idea that STEM is sacred and requires endless memorization and regurgitation should attach Tom with equal vigor!

Tom isn’t even an educator, and he is expressing opinions about something that he doesn’t know anything about – he is just a general partner in the venture capital arm of Google parent firm Alphabet. What would he know about technology and jobs that are likely to be replaced by algorithms?

All of you who can take five minutes away from your game of trivial pursuit, I mean research, should be letting him know something about reality! You got where you are by doing a superb job of sitting in lectures, memorizing stuff, taking tests, and then regurgitating the stuff back again. How can a non-educator come in and tell us how to do our jobs.

All that fluff about higher order thinking skills. Yes, The Science of Learning might be able to tell us exactly how to teach it, but that won’t allow our students enough time to memorize and regurgitate.

Tom Hulme should just mind his own business and let all of the STEM professors continue to guard the sacred rituals that produce the brilliant, conforming autobots, I mean auto-scientists that the world is in desperate need of right now – and for the next three centuries to come!

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