“Digital education is the Pentagon’s strategy in the hybrid war with Russia” – Shafran
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The actions of the Russian Ministry of Education provoked strong criticism from representatives of the conservative-minded public.
Thus, journalist Anna Shafran at the round table “Information security of children in the era of digitalization” called “digital education, smart classrooms” – “the Pentagon’s strategy in a hybrid war with Russia.” She believes that the authorities are forcing children to “learn from the Pentagon templates.”
Anna Schwabauer, a member of the Federation Council’s Expert Advisory Council on Family Law, says: “Officials have often said that digitalization is due to the coronavirus. But this was conceived long before the coronavirus. And we are very worried about such plans. Analysis of documents shows that such a danger exists.”
Igor Ashmanov, a member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, calls the situation “the privatization of education under the slogan of digitalization.” “I have never heard arguments why this should be done,” the expert noted.
In his opinion, when officials from education talk about conducting some kind of experiment, they “most likely do not understand the meaning of the word experiment.” “We are dealing with a gang of absolutely unprofessional people,” Ashmanov said indignantly.
He believes that digitalization of education is not about mastering technology: “They do not teach anything like that, they teach to press buttons on household appliances.”
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At the same time, the expert agrees that the outflow of personnel occurs abroad due to the high standard of living and salaries offered there. “We are already a factory of free personnel. Previously, there were at least some barriers, our diplomas were not recognized there, if you unlearn it, work it out. There they are attracted by salaries five times higher,” Ashmanov says.
The expert is also outraged by the aimless “excitement of digitalization”, which is implanted by people far from technology, who do not understand what they are talking about: “Who is talking about this? Bankers, marketers, journalists. They have a lot of cripples from English. The terms of venture capitalists are used.”
Elena Milskaya, chairman of the board of trustees of the National Center for Assistance to Missing and Affected Children, was outraged by the fact that the parental community in the Ministry of Education is not heard, no one communicates with their parents. She receives many requests from parents, outraged that they were not even asked about their consent to conduct an experiment to introduce a digital educational environment.
Milskaya proposes “to conduct a comprehensive study of the impact of social networks on a person, gadgets, the Internet”: “All this leads to a breakdown of the intellect. What kind of dialogue between the state and society? This is a mockery, not a dialogue.”