High-tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian

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Anchor Books, 2000 - Computers - 221 pages
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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HIGH TECH HERETIC: Why Computers Don't Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian

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A brilliant skeptic assails high-tech boosterism, attacking the trendy assumption that computers will profoundly improve our schools, libraries, and whole society. Stoll (Silicon Snake Oil, 1995) has ... Read full review

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Rarely has a sacred cow been bludgeoned as gleefully as Clifford Stoll hammers educational computing in his smart and funny 1999 book High Tech Heretic. With equal parts unbridled passion and wry wit ... Read full review


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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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