Steve Jobs on the problem in Education

Steve Jobs didn’t believe that you could fix education with technology:

I used to think that technology could help education. I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I’ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.

It’s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA [National Education Association] and the dropping of SAT scores, and they’re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.


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  • Robbie Timo

    as a teacher I would have to agree that with every change in government the curriculum takes a new direction and the targets move depending on the policies implemented or decided upon election or after-National/Act-Charter Schools. It does become disheartening to have your passion for teaching negotiated behind closed doors in Parliament with their shonky deals. Lets hope that one government in the future puts children first self serving egos second!

    • middleagedwhiteguy

      Let’s hope that unions put children first and protection of substandard teachers second.

      • no chance, the unions dont care about the “product” their customers produce from the sausage factories

  • Orange

    I think most teachers would agree with Jobs’ assessment. A lot of similar problems shared with any work place environment. The kids, with all their problems, are not the biggest problem teachers face.

  • So did he plot the growth or was he just wanking on?

  • Joes

    Pls send this comment to Kate Shevland, Principal at Orewa College who has said that every child must buy an iPad for school.