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In today society it would be a weird site to walk into a class room at the high school or college level and not see a mass of computers throughout the class Technology has become such a staple in todays education that most of the youth would be lost without a computer or a phone Imagine walking into a class at Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and not seeing fifty laptops Even in high school kids have complete access to the internet at all times No longer do they have to think about the essay they are typing or the math problem they cant figure out they just get on Google and find the answer David Gelernter a computer science teacher at Yale feels that technology in the class room is both a good and an evil to studentsIn Gelernters Unplugged The Myth of Computers in the Classroom Gelernter states that Computers should be in the schools They have the potential to accomplish great things Gelernter 278 This statement is valid because as more and more schools are taking away music and the arts due to lack of funds to pay a teacher a computer could teach the kids about the Mona Lisa or even how to play the piano Although they will never see and appreciate the brush strokes or the dexterity of the pianist fingers they kids are still being taught about the topics However Gelernter makes another valid point in that computers make our worst educational nightmares come true 278 With technology becoming such a large part of education students arent at the same level academically as they were While they are a great tool they can inhibit thought words turn to pictures and pictures become a YouTube videoGelernter later states a Japanese educator informs a professor that in his country Calculators are not used in elementary or junior high because the emphasis is on helping
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