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An article in Slate magazine raises the question: Will kids use the One Laptop Per Child initiative's subsidized low-cost computing devices to prepare for the demands of the 21st-century job market--or do computers just serve as a 21st-century substitute for that more venerable time-waster, the television? New research by economists Ofer Malamud and Cristian Pop-Eleches might provide an answer, the author claims, and it's not a positive one: For many kids, computers are indeed more of a distraction than a learning opportunity. The two researchers surveyed households that applied to Euro 200, a voucher distribution program in Romania designed to
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