Do computers solve education problems?

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The New York Times has been running articles examining the effectiveness of what people call e-learning in US schools. In a nutshell, they have found little or no evidence that it boosts students’ grades, despite a widespread belief by schools that it does.

Schools it appears invest in expensive digital learning aids in the hope that they just might deliver what is so badly desired. Nicholas Carr, the Rough Type blogger, reflects on the e-learning story in the Times, but adds a fascinating quote from Steve Jobs in which the man most responsible for promoting computers in schools laments his folly of having pinned too much hope on them.

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