*This is intended as satire. David Ferrer is not old, cynical, technophobic or curmudgeonly. He’s actually a pretty pleasant guy who enjoys many modern conveniences.
If you’re like me, you can see right through all this “technology” mumbo jumbo. Trendy hipster techno-gear is the mega-wave of the future, or so the pant-rolling fad boys tell me. I don’t believe it. They tell us that mobile phones, Myface, calculator watches, fablets, and the interweb are all going to make our kids super smart and make teaching a breeze! At the risk of sounding like a Charles Dickens character, humbug and hogwash!
This series is dedicated to real education, education that gets your hands dirty and teaches you how to talk with people, read a book, work for a living, and be a human being for once. That means that I’ll be snapping on my overalls, yoking my oxen, and plowing through a field of old-fangled gadgets, doodads and gizmos, and scrutinizing techno-trends until I wretch. I’m searching for the good stuff even if I have to dig through a trashheap of obsolescence to get there.
I’ll be giving exceptionally high marks to technology that defies all things “fashionable,” “trendy,” and “hipster.” The main proviso is that this technology must actually work and it must actually be useful. I like things that stand the test of time, and remind me of the good ol’ days, back when education was practical, realistic, and (Dangit!) it meant something! Join me on the Muppets’ theater balcony for a gleefully derisive look at educational technology that’s sure to disappoint. And who knows, perhaps we’ll even discover a few useful things along the way. These educational reviews are of the cynics, by the cynics, and for the cynics.
And in case you are wondering, yes, I pull my pants halfway up my chest because low-riding is a disgrace and my glorious dad bod is prone to slippage around the beltline. Get over it.
Now read my writing and become an expert on stuff that hardly anybody ever uses anymore.
Pt. 1: The TV Trolley
Pt. 2: The Pencil
Pt. 3: The Trapper Keeper
Pt. 4: E-readers