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Re: <nettime> "Computers Rot Our Children's Brains"
     aviseu {AT} oise.utoronto.ca (Ana Viseu)
     Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi {AT} statistik.uni-dortmund.de>

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Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 15:31:24 -0400
Subject: Re(2): <nettime> "Computers Rot Our Children's Brains"
From: aviseu {AT} oise.utoronto.ca (Ana Viseu)

>Computers rot our children's brains: expert

Jane Healy, the author of "Failure to connect: how computers affect our
children's minds-- for better and worse" is the newspapers favourite quote
for anti-tech. in education. She defends that the use of computers does
not stimulate the brain enough (compared to normal real life interaction)
and thus the brain's plasticity is reduced. One may agree or disagree with
her (and I believe that she at points is a bit of an extremist...), but
she does bring light to an important issue: the pressure put on parents to
put their kids in front of a computer almost as soon as they are born. 

Two weeks ago an article on the 'Globle and Mail' (canada) had a  piece of
news describing the 'lapware'. Lapware is software developed for babies
who, by virtue of not being able to sit by themselves, have to be on their
parents lap. The lapware has a warns for parents that they should be
careful because their kids are likely to drool over the keyboard,
something that may damage the equipment.... 

Parents want their kids to be computer literate asap, but as someone
commented in the article, how can a one year old be literate if she/he
doesnt know how to read, write or even how to talk?


> At 03:51 AM 4/17/00 -0400, you wrote:
>[Observer UK news]
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>Computers rot our children's brains: expert
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>Anthony Browne, Health Editor
>Sunday April 16, 2000

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Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 20:16:48 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi {AT} statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
Subject: Re: <nettime> "Computers Rot Our Children's Brains"

Greetings,

Hi, I am a member of Nettime-l list. Yes, thanks for your posting. To some
extent it is a true story. BTW, you can also read the interview with Dr.
Jean Healy in the recent TECHNOS Quarterly (a magazine for education and
technology) -She is also the author of, "Failure to Connect: How Computers
Affect Our Children's Minds -And What Can Do about It". The interview with
Dr. Jean Healy is also available on the Net at:
<http://www.technos.net/journal/volume8/4healy.htm>

Sincerely yours
Arun Tripathi

On Mon, 17 Apr 2000, David Mandl wrote:
> [Observer UK news]
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> Computers rot our children's brains: expert
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> Anthony Browne, Health Editor
> Sunday April 16, 2000

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