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Education Aided or Replaced by ComputersPeople said that the horseless carriage would never amount to a thing New ideas alwaysundergo severe scrutiny but sometimes they survive the cynical blows and begin a new road of innovations David Gelernter of Yale University writes in his essay Unpluggedthat people should weigh the value of technology because it is not always as advantageous as it seems He claims for example that the misuse of computers deprive students of a complete education which is the formal training and development of an individuals knowledgeComputers have already proved themselves as forward moving and beneficial but their place in the schoolroom should be reconsidered Rather than replace education the computer should be used as an aid to strengthen the process of educationWe would not have an inferior education if it were the nineteenth century Our problem is that we have been getting students who are the products of the twentieth century says Postman in Order In the Classroom Students raised in an age of invention and innovation surround themselves with technology and computers The educational system evolved with society by adding computers to the classroom The following questions have been raised are computers misused are teachers allowing computers to become surrogate teachers and who is teaching students basic skills--the teacher or the computer These questions are just a sample of the concern expressed by parents today Gelernter states that while we worry about basic skills we allow into the classroom software that will do a students arithmetic or correct his spellingElementary-aged students need to develop the ability to spell and do arithmetic without dependence on a spell-check or auto-calculation program We need to carefully evaluate what programs children can access to prevent handicapping them later in life One principal felt drilling addition and subtraction in an age of calculators is a waste of time Gelernter We are encouraging children to become dependent on technology instead of using their intellect Another concern is
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