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The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children’s Education at Risk


reviewed by Debbie Denise Reese & John Burton — 2002

coverTitle: The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children’s Education at Risk
Author(s): Alison Armstrong and Charles Casement
Publisher: Robins Lane Press, Beltsville
ISBN: 0876592108, Pages: 254 , Year: 2000
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Alison Armstrong and Charles Casement use The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children’s Education at Risk to identify a number of very real issues and problems in the use of computers with children. Unfortunately, the authors’ lack of expertise, superficial interpretations of the professional literature, and evident personal bias limit their ability to analyze the issues and problems they have identified. Computer technology is not inherently good or bad, just as print technology is not inherently good or bad. We had the feeling that Armstrong and Casement wanted to roll things back, so that elementary-aged children would no longer be exposed to the computer or the Internet in the school environment. But, is protecting children as good as preparing them? If Armstrong and Casement are really concerned about children and their interactions with computers, perhaps they should support a curriculum that prepares children (physically, psychologically, ethically and critically) to use computers safely. If predators on the Net are a problem, teach kids about them.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 158-166
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10780, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 5:49:21 AM

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