A place to write, half an hour, every day, just for me.
"We didn't have computers when I was in school and I turned out okay. There's no reason why kids today need 'em."
Maybe computers have got nothing to do with the sorry history of human stupidity and greed. With or without them, people calculate and engineer, but still the world goes from bluner to blunder.
Computers allow us to do things better and quicker but we decide what to do. If we decide to do bad things computers only help us do them better and faster. Thus computers make it even more important that we make good decisions and to do that we need better education, not just in technology but also in philosophy and sociology.
I was going to say the same exact thing as rww.
(Networked) computers open up pathways to information and communication that can act as resources for knowledge building.Wider access to the knowledge commons, and a multiplicity/diversity of voices within it, can result in better identification of problems and solutions.Could be argued that the problems described above (poverty, disease, war, resource depletion, income disparity) arise from knowledge capture and restriction to limited/privileged spheres.An (admittedly circular) example: we could not be having this discussion (on the value of computers) without computers -- in which case Scott's or Stephen's perspectives might be the only ones allowed to stand/be disseminated.
The argument that kids shouldn't learn with computers is ridiculous. Kids should learn with the tools of today so they can grow up to create the tools—and, with them, the world—of tomorrow.
Your comments will be moderated. Sorry, but it's not a nice world out there.