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Fake future news

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I have been to a number of ed-tech conferences over the years and the vast majority of speakers discuss with the righteous indignation of Ken Robinson that today's education system is a school-as-factory scene represented by images from 19th century classrooms. The  majority are romantic about a future of education, one more 'personalized' through automation, based on algorithms; yet see no irony in creating creative classrooms from automation. They believe that through the power of technology, the kids will be alright. However, I am a science teacher and I do love evidence. So as I have listened to these speakers, I always ask is this true? One skill that we desire to develop in our learners is critical thinking, one important aspect of thinking critically is recognizing confirmation bias.  Confirmation bias  is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one's prior beliefs. Having now been to these conferences, con