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4.05.2007

Educational software is a placebo, says US Department of Education 

Well, it's nice to know that the government cared enough to do a study on the subject. As far as I can recall from my pre-college days, the primary benefit of educational software was that the teacher didn't have to prepare a lesson plan that day.

I look forward to the US Department of Education publishing another groundbreaking report, most likely one claiming that publishers are gouging students and schools by churning out marginally new editions of textbooks year after year.

Comments:

Overall, I think that the push for computers in classrooms is pretty misguided. Indeed, for pre-college years, it is a waste of money for the most part.

As for distance learning at the undergrad level, there is an excellant book on the subject titled "Digitial Diploma Mills".
 


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