When tech savvy parents pass on high tech education

I have been teaching and traveling (back to Palo Alto from southern Utah) this week, so I missed some opportunities to post articles that blog readers might find interesting.

Last Sunday’s New York Times featured an article about a school in my new backyard, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, in Los Gatos, California. As the Times reports, “The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.”

The article continues, “Schools nationwide have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policy makers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don’t mix.”

It’s worth reading this intriguing article. Like most teachers of my generation (Triassic Era, as I tell my students), I wonder if all that texting, gaming, and Googling really produces more literate and numerate students. My own experience as an online teacher has both persuaded me of the potential benefits of technology . . . and raised some warning flags.

Here’s a link to the New York Times article.

If you read the article, you might also take a look at this response from a principal (and Waldorf school parent), who argues that this is just another salvo in this journalist’s unsubstantiated attacks on high tech education.

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