Oversold & Underused: Computers in the Classroomreviewed by T. A. Callister, Jr. — 2002
Larry Cuban, in his latest book, Oversold and Underused,
asks a straightforward question: “Are computers in schools
worth the investment?” (p. 175) His answer, as one might
suspect from the title of the book, is no, they are not worth it.
Cuban then sets out to demonstrate this using a combination of case
studies, classroom observations, on-site surveys and statistical
data, all mixed with a liberal helping of historical
Cuban’s first chapter, his introduction, begins with a
brief history of educational reform. He argues that up until the
previous couple of decades, school reforms that were meant to solve
problems, real or imagined, were fundamentally egalitarian and
democratic at heart — they acknowledged and respected the
democratic purposes of schools. Says Cuban: “Education was
one and the same with the public good” (p. 8). Beginning in
the mid-1980’s, however, things began to change. Schools were
seen as having a pivotal role in the U.S. economy (at the time,
mostly in the negative sense of perpetuating mediocrity)... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
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- T. Callister, Jr.
Thomas A. Callister, Jr. is assistant professor, department chair, and director of teacher education in the Education Department at Whitman College.