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

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

by Alison Armstrong, Charles Casement
     
 

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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 continued to shrink. Yet nearly every measure of our children's educational performance remains stagnant. The Child and The Machine paints a compelling picture of how our rush to use computers in… See more details below

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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 continued to shrink. Yet nearly every measure of our children's educational performance remains stagnant. The Child and The Machine paints a compelling picture of how our rush to use computers in schools has led to one of the most expensive and least helpful revolutions in the history of our education system.

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Library Journal
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:
01/01/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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