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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: To say that technology hinders one's learning ability is true to a very minor extent. The small hindrances that technology involves do not outweigh the lessons that we are taught, and the efficiency that comes with embracing technology.

    The use of the keyboard from early age means that one's handwriting will be poor, but that only matters if handwriting eis essential to operating in society, which it isn't.

    The use of the calculator from early age means that one's arithmetic may be poor, but that only matters if mental calculations are essential to operating in society, which it isn't.

    The queston is - what needs to be learned? Certainly not handwriting or mental arithmetic. There are other aspects of education that need to be taught that are far more important than these trivial, outdated methods.

    Furthermore, the learning of these other aspects will be accelerated thanks to the use of calculators, keyboards, online news, social networking, etc.

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