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Most people would read the tweet above and agree. But first they must agree on the premise that the foolish thing is foolish in the first place.

If something is wrong, no amount of saying that it is right can make it right, right?

Not by today’s standards. While misinformation is not new, the speed at which it spreads and the frequency at which it can be delivered might allow falsehoods to anchor and normalise.

We also have fallacies in schooling and education, but these were not spread by quickness. Instead, they persisted by slow repetition, unquestioned practice, and uncritical thinking.

Fallacies like the rhetoric of engagement instead of empowerment, the confusion of choice with agency, gamification is game-based learning, schooling is education, enhancing lessons with technology instead of enabling learners and learning. Learning styles. Digital natives.

There is so much more and they have either normalised or are quickly cementing. As this happens, they only foolish ones seem to be those that question, critique, and berate. I am one of those latter fools.

For the second time in as many years, my son asked for a printout of our latest home utility bill. It was for a geography topic.

I have no objections to sharing how energy and water efficient we are, but I took care to block out personal information like our account number and address.

Perhaps teachers or designers of curricula think that an example from real life will connect with learners. It might. Then again, it might not. Kids do not normally worry about utility bills.

There is a more serious disconnect — the hardcopy. I asked my son why he could not share a digital copy on his phone. He replied that the instructions were to bring a printout.

A printout. This means that someone realised that we rely on e-bills now. The utility companies offer this as a cost-saving and timely measure, and customers are already on the bandwagon.

Why is a class disconnected from the new normal? Students will learn from teachers how not to question, to stick blindly with tradition, and to be prepared for the past.

Students will learn to play the game that is school. They will be schooled, but they may not be educated.

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