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Oversold & Underused: Computers in the Classroom

reviewed by T. A. Callister, Jr. - 2002

coverTitle: Oversold & Underused: Computers in the Classroom
Author(s): Larry Cuban
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 067400602X, Pages: 256, Year: 2001
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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 background.   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.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1032-1036
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10868, Date Accessed: 9/23/2021 11:31:40 PM

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