Journalist Todd Oppenheimer busts the techno-hype in The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology in the Classroom and How Learning Can Be Saved. According to an Education Gadfly review:
In writing that is often persuasive and always engaging, Oppenheimer details numerous failures of computers in schools: They dull kids’ imaginations, stymie real thinking, supplant effective instructional methods, substitute for worthier expenditures, allow kids to goof off, and, perhaps most obviously, too often simply don’t work.
It’s not that technology is never an effective tool. But much of the time and money invested in school technology has been wasted. Now that all the schools are wired, the new fad is giving every kid a laptop.
Wednesday, I watched a low-income high school student surf e-luxury.com at a school computer to check out Louis Vuitton purses. She seemed disappointed that I don’t own one. I urged her to study hard in college so she can enter a lucrative field and buy a $455 purse for herself some day.