The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk

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How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk
In Los Angeles, the Kittridge Street Elementary School eliminated its music program to hire a technology coordinator. A Virginia school turned its art room into a computer laboratory. In the United States, a record $6.5 billion was spent on educational technology for the 1998-99 school year, while funding for music, arts, and other specialty areas continues to shrink. Stubbornly, nearly every measure of our children's ...
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Overview

How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk
In Los Angeles, the Kittridge Street Elementary School eliminated its music program to hire a technology coordinator. A Virginia school turned its art room into a computer laboratory. In the United States, a record $6.5 billion was spent on educational technology for the 1998-99 school year, while funding for music, arts, and other specialty areas continues to shrink. Stubbornly, nearly every measure of our children's educational performance refuses to rise. Drawing from hundreds of school visits, studies, and expert interviews, The Child and the Machine paints a compelling picture of how our uncritical rush to use computers in schools has led to one of the most expensive and least helpful revolutions in the history of American education.
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Should the schools put their resources into books and teachers or into technology? Repeatedly, the recommendations from Toronto-based magazine writer Armstrong and freelance writer-editor Casement advocate teachers and real-life experiences for elementary school children. Drawing from dozens of school visits, studies, and interviews with experts, the authors show that the movement to computerize schools causes more harm than good. While echoing the themes of educator/researcher Jane Healy's Failure To Connect (LJ 8/98) and computer guru Clifford Stoll's High Tech Heretic (LJ 10/15/99), this book takes a parental stance and hence comes across as less authoritative. Healy's work is preferred as more substantial than this title, which was previously published in Canada in 1998.--Laverna Saunders, Salem State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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  • ISBN-13: 9781589040052
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Alison Armstrong was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada as a child. She is the author of several books for schoolchildren, and co-author of the anthology Mythic Voices(then, Alison Dickie), which is used in schools in Canada, the United States, and Australia. A journalist and an active parent representative on educational committees, she lives in Toronto with her husband and her two school-aged children.
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