Computer-dependent for life, starting at age six.

Who benefits if our kids become computer-dependent for life? If we follow the money, the list is long and ugly: computer sales, network sales, smart phone sales, teaching program sales, computerized automobile sales, product placement, subliminal advertising, statistical data mining, psychological profiling. And this, in my opinion, is just the beginning.

What about after 12 years of school? Do the young adults we’re educating in our school system really have a say in whether or not they want to become computer-dependent for life?

I was born into a world that used leaded gasoline. It was tetraethyl lead, fat soluble. Everybody knew that lead was a neurotoxin, and yet according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, four to five million tons of lead were deposited into our environment before leaded gasoline was banned. It took decades to stop the practice. It was greed first and the health of our children last.

What if teaching our kids with computers is damaging to their psychological development? Can we really trust the government or product manufacturers to inform us of the damaging effects teaching our kids with computers might be having?

We need to start thinking differently about what it is to be a human being and develop a school system that teaches our kids in the real world, not a computerized version of it.

William Noland


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