High-tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian

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Anchor Books, 2000 - Computers - 221 pages
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The cry for and against computers in the classroom is a topic of concern to parents, educators, and communities everywhere. Now, from a Silicon Valley hero and bestselling technology writer comes a pointed critique of the hype surrounding computers and their real benefits, especially in education. InHigh-Tech Heretic, Clifford Stoll questions the relentless drumbeat for "computer literacy" by educators and the computer industry, particularly since most people just use computers for word processing and games--and computers become outmoded or obsolete much sooner than new textbooks or a good teacher.

As one who loves computers as much as he disdains the inflated promises made on their behalf, Stoll offers a commonsense look at how we can make a technological world better suited for people, instead of making people better suited to using machines.

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Review: High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian

User Review  - Christopher DeMarcus - Goodreads

A light and ranty version of many arguments found in Postman's Technopoly. While older readers will be more likely to pick it up, younger readers would benefit the most. The rants about sitting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rob O'Daniel - Goodreads

Some of the examples are dated, which I'm certain will be an immediate put-off for superficial readers, but this is an insightful look into the dangers of the "technology is good, so let's shovel it at kids" mindset that's overtaking public schools. Read full review

Contents

A Literate Luddite?
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Makes Learning Fun
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The Hidden Price of Computers
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About the author (2000)

Clifford Stoll, an MSNBC commentator, a lecturer, and a Berkeley astronomer, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Cuckoo's Egg and Silicon Snake Oil. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.

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