The Public Interest

Computers: good for education?

David Skinner

Summer 1997

PRESIDENT Clinton has shown a penchant for cosmetic educational reform. Neither a stalwart against the most questionable reforms implemented in recent memory nor an advocate for a totally newfangled educational system, he has chosen to stick with ideas like school uniforms and computers in the classroom. Famously the president has vowed to connect every American student to the Internet by the year 2000. Vice President Gore has often acted as the point man on this particular campaign because of his role in pushing improved informational infrastructure. Despite the high-level hoopla, the idea of computers in the classroom has faced little criticism, with the rare exception like Clifford Stoll’s Silicon Snake Oil. For most, it seems, the value of computers in the classroom is simply self-evident. 

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