RE: Medical Studies Link Computer to Illiteracy- Fwd

Joe Barrera (
Wed, 28 May 1997 14:50:41 -0700


Could you please not post such long articles to this mailing list? My
lips get tired out when I try to read them, and it slows down the
otherwise fast-paced and entertaining flow of short messages on this

But seriously... I'd have to say that

> Hurmes believes that the main factor
> behind this negative correlation can be found in the "nature of the
> computer, itself" which, he believes, "discourages readers from
> spending any serious length of time with a difficult
> task...especially if a solution or a simpler problem can be reached
> by merely clicking on a graphic."

contradicts my observation of my three- and five-year-old on their
computers, where they spend some serious time learning math and spelling
and dinosaurs and anatomy from their games. (The older one spontaneously
told us the difference between the trachea and the esophagus just a few
days ago.)

- Joe

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