Wednesday, July 06, 2005

More Computer Classes Urged for Kids

Students may be feeling the crunch of declining numbers of computer science teachers. Computer teaching in the elementary school years is often relegated to keyboarding. What students should be doing is learning how to organize and problem solve using computer-based instruction.

Excerpt from article:"If the teachers only know word processing, he said, "that's all their class is going to get."

This exhortation is particularly relevant given a Stanford study showing that having a home computer was associated with 6 points higher math and 4 points higher reading (controlled for parent education level) on the Stanford Achievement Test (3rd graders). The definite no-no was a TV in a child's bedroom. This was associated with 8 points lower on math and 7 points lower on reading.

More Computer for Kids:
TV bad, Computer Good for Kids

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