A new report from a group of educators, researchers, and children's health professionals challenges the common perception that today's students must use computers in the classroom to be successful in the 21st century. The group's report further argues that the high-tech lifestyle promoted by industry and government might actually do more harm than good for students.

Educators and ed-tech advocacy groups contacted by eSchool News say the report's authors paint an exaggerated picture of computer use in schools. Although the report makes some good points, they say, its conclusions are overly alarmist.

The report,...

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