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Over the past ten years billions of dollars have been spent on computers for our nations schools The goal was to improve and update our educational system but there is very little evidence of change through the years and taxpayers that have been paying for these upgrades in the schools want to know where the payoff is A small Belridge school district in Mckittrick California was proud to be the first and only in the state to provide every student with two Apple IIg computers one for school and one for home It reshaped its curriculum to use computers in all subject areas and they thought it was working well The parents were shocked to hear when the annual standardized test scores came in that the entire first grade class along with more than a third of the 64 member student body had scored below their grade level for both reading and math The schools officials argued that students had scored even worse before the help of the computer program but in fact this was just one case where the computer program had failed Many skeptics think schools should give up but educators and parents continue the fight to keep computers in the schools Research has proven that electronic drill and practice programs make children better spellers Intensive preparation programs raise SAT scores So-called integrated learning systems which deliver entire curriculums to students sittings at workstations in a learning laboratory practically guarantee that grade point averages will go up So why all the turmoil Everyone is worried that too many tax dollars are being wasted on computers for kids when the old learning system worked just fine They feel children do not need computers in school that they can learn to use them at home or in college or even after they enter the work force New York Universitys Neil Postman writes in his article The
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