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Brittney Stewart

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An emphasis on technology actually reduces the amount of learning.

Some of the leaders of Google and Silicon Valley are sending their children to schools that are bereft of technology. Their children use pen and paper and are surrounded by books at school. Technology is seen as a tool that would hamper the learning process rather than enhance it.

It seems to qualify itself when the engineers of these products and ideas would prefer their children not be exposed to technology until they're in 8th grade and beyond.

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    Nov 3 2011: "Some of the leaders of Google and Silicon Valley are sending their children to schools that are bereft of technology."

    Where did you read this?

    My own feeling is that if used correctly, technology can definitely enhance learning.
    • Nov 3 2011: She read it in a New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?_r=2) that talked about the fact that many heads of Silicon Valley companies send their kids to Waldorf Schools which specifically prohibit technology in the classroom.

      We're the parents this article talks about - Silicon Valley professionals who don't let their kids use technology in the classroom. What I've found is that technology can certainly teach lessons, but those lessons are pre-determined, tightly structured, and built around someone's idea of what's appropriate for a child to learn. A computer cannot take advantage of the fact that the school chickens just hatched a brood of eggs, or talk through the physics of proper timing in kickball the way that a human being, teaching another human being can.

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