Individuals whose schooling was specialized rather than liberal and who do not continue learning when they leave schooling behind, or do so only to improve their specialized expertise, never become generally educated human beings. This statement holds for most physicians, lawyers, and engineers, as well as for most who getting a Ph.D. merely indicated the field of specialization they would cultivate thereafter.
A college professor looks at the forgotten victims of our mediocre public educational system-the potentially high achievers whose SAT scores have fallen, and who read less, understand less of what they read, and know less than the top students of a generation ago.
In this Atlantic Monthly article the author argues that there is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs-music, art, physical education-that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum. Lets think through the matter of computers in the classroom clearly before rushing to embrace them at such great cost.