Oct 24 2011
02:56 pm

How can that be?

The New York Times is reporting on a private school system that teaches without computers. They say "say computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans."

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.


Stick's picture

You beat me to the punch. I

You beat me to the punch. I was going to post on this article as well. While I might be savaged by the tech-savvy folks here at K-Views, I tend to agree with this approach. I think that it is far more important for K-12 students to learn how to learn and [more importantly] to develop a healthy curiosity and imagination.

Education has long been plagued by a drive to introduce the latest and greatest technological advancement without ever thinking about what pedagogical value it might possess. Usually, the answer is very little.

bizgrrl's picture

Yes, it's interesting. I

Yes, it's interesting. I train people on our software, some of which are not real familiar with computers. I always tell them, you know how to do your job, this is just a tool. Those who know their job usually pick up on the new computerized way pretty well.

bizgrrl's picture


It also reminds me of back in the day when I used to help people with Excel spreadsheets & calculations. I always had to tell them, you have to be able to check your results manually, e.g. know your job. Excel only does what you tell it to do.

Pam Strickland's picture

My LR doctor's daughter went

My LR doctor's daughter went to St. John's Santa Fe. Cool place.

Pam Strickland's picture

She also got onto NYU. They

She also got onto NYU. They were personal friends and I remember the debate because of the difference in cost vs. the difference in experience. Really it wasn't much of a debate because she was willing to cut corners to do what was necessary. But he had two kids coming after her, so he had to lay some strict guidelines with her. The middle one went to Millsaps. The youngest to Sewanee. They had it easier than Mollie, but I think Mollie got the best education. She also had the best car. Her dad's really old Toyota Landcruiser. I think it was an 82.

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