Thursday, October 11, 2018

A word of advice to Mark Zuckerberg: “You are not Steve Jobs, and that’s a good thing.”

A word of advice to Mark Zuckerberg: 
“You are not Steve Jobs, and that’s a good thing.”
They called it a “personalized learning”.
But in reality, it was an animal training; a dressage, so to speak.
Parents know that's not what education is about.
Parents know that’s not what education is.
Parents get it.
Mark Zuckerberg don't.
I understand that he wants to establish himself as an innovator in education.
But the problem is he is just not an innovator. Innovating ideas is just not his strong suite.
The idea of FaceMash was not his (or not just his). But he wrote the code for that.
The idea of Facebook was not his (or not just his). But he wrote the code for that.
That is why he has no intuition about innovative ideas.
He is a technocrat.
As such, he likes to talk to other technocrats, he feels himself comfortable with them, he understands their language, he shares their views.
For example, all technocrats think of humans essentially as of robots (an example of a conversation with one of them: http://www.cognisity.how/2017/04/AIforEDU.html).
A technocrat does not spend much time on thinking what makes a human human, what is the nature of human nature?
Technocratic approaches to education are not new. But they have never worked. And never will. At least, until robots will become almost indistinguishable from people (function-wise).
The question is how a technocrat can innovate in such essentially human human practice as education?
As everyone else, in order to move ahead, Mark Zuckerberg needs to accepts himself the way he is. He needs to embrace his technocratism. But he needs to find people who can aid his “no idea” side.
In 5 to 10 years Mark Zuckerberg may begin having his own intuition on innovative ideas.
To speed up this process, he may start reading something outside of his box.
I would recommend to start from:

Seven Reasons Why Rich Philanthropists Fail at Making Systemic Changes in Education

The Beginning of The End of The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative


What is the “Socratic Method”?



Mark Zuckerberg is not Steve Jobs.
And that is a good thing.
Steve Jobs was not a technocrat, he was an artist. But as such he would never become the richest person in the world.
Bill Gates did.
Jeff Bezos did.
So, Mark Zuckerberg is in a good company.
He just needs to accept it.

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