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Oversold And Underused: Computers In The Classroom
by Larry Cuban
Impelled by a demand for increasing American strength in the new global economy, many educators, public officials, business leaders, and parents argue that school computers and Internet access will improve academic learning and prepare students for an information-based workplace.
Published September 3rd 2001 by Harvard University Press
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By examining use of computers in Silicon Valley area schools, arguably one of the most technically advanced education settings, Cuban shows us how merely providing computers in every classroom fails to accomplish much sought after teaching reform. Worse, EdTech enthusiasts tend to equate improvements in education with economic gains, thereby totally bypassing the civic and democratic mission of public education. Cuban thinks that without changing our social structures, work environments, and ass ...more
I have just completed my sixth reading of this book. It is an absolute classic monograph of digital dissent. Cuban has one premise: to dissolve the assumption that more technology creates better learning. In Oversold and Underused, he succeeds better than any other writer. Courageous and well written, anyone interested in online learning should start here.
I had to read it for school. While a lot of it is still relevant (because many schools in the USA are about the level of the studied teachers/schools in Silicon Valley in this study). I simply did not enjoy reading it--uninteresting and overly bland.