I agree completely with this reader’s comment, in response to the post about Waldorf schools. The computer has a very important role in our lives. We will call upon it daily, and in many cases, hourly, and by the minute. Many of us will spend our waking hours in front of a computer. But a computer should not be at the center of education. It is a tool and should be used as a tool. Above all, children need healthy cognitive, emotional, social and psychological development. To the extent the computer aids in that process of development, good. To the extent that it is extraneous, so be it. The computer is a tool (I repeat) and should not be our master. We should use it wisely and not allow it to use us.
|As one who concentrates his study on the intersection of technology and culture, I see schools like Waldorf as an extremely positive development. We who have not grown up with computers fear that our children will not know how to use them if we don’t teach them… which is, if you look at computers today and at children today, a completely unfounded fear.Yes, there are those who see computers as the tool of the future for education but, here too, a quick look will show that computers will never succeed as the center of education. They never have… and computer-assisted learning has been around for fifty years (the programmed instruction and teaching machine people may not have had the sophisticated hardware of today, but many of the concepts were the same).Just because computers are part of our lives we don’t have to make them the center of our education, or even part of it. Personally, I do see a role for computers in schools, but I would rather get rid of them completely than make them the driving force.|