Monday, July 12, 2010
Here's a New York Times article suggesting that giving computers to low-income families actually decreases math scores, and does not produce rosy educational outcomes....that we have some idealized hopes in this regard that don't actually happen. What actually seems to happen is that unsupervised kids mostly play games with the computers. A related article about the One Laptop Per Child program also addresses this idea that throwing laptops at children automatically produces good things. Both are worth a look, especially if you're attracted to projects like these (like I am).