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By Colleen Cordes
April 1st, 2000

Let's stop kidding ourselves about the drive to computerize elementary education. Sure, this one-size-fits-all fix for schools does seem to meet a lot of adult needs. It makes well-intentioned politicians and school administrators feel decisive and progressive. It tempts overworked parents and teachers with a convenient, mesmerizing, electronic babysitter. And it has proven commercially irresistible to powerful, high-tech companies that hope to boost their own sales by exploiting the educational market.

But this machine-dominated approach does not meet the developmental needs of grade-school children. Nor will it prepare them to muscle up the human imagination, courage, and willpower they'll...

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Viewpoint

By John A. Vaille and Talbot Bielefeldt
April 1st, 2000

Much of the Alliance's humanistic critique of educational technology could be applied to the technologies—transportation, media, economics, communication—that are pervasive in the lives of every one of us.

Many of us, from the very young to the very old, actively take advantage of these technologies daily without seriously questioning how the systems work or the values implicit in their operation. The affordances provided by the technologies in our homes, workplaces, and schools are critical to the successful and happy lives of our friends, neighbors, and ourselves.

Educators in the United States who regularly apply technology tools to...

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