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Computer Myths and Realities

The most commonly heard selling points for computers in schools—and what the author discovered to be true in classrooms across the country.

False Promise: Computers prepare youngsters for the increasingly high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

Oppenheimer’s rebuttal: ”Education’s technology promoters have the situation backwards. Students actually do not need extensive computer experience to handle technology’s challenges (employers prefer teaching most of those specific skills themselves). What employers do look for is an extensive set of people skills: the ability to listen and communicate; to think critically and imaginatively; to read, write, and figure; and many other capabilities that schools are increasingly neglecting.” (Chapter 6—Computer Literacy: Limping toward Tomorrow’s Jobs) Read Article on BookNoise.net

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