It’s easy to understand why so many school districts have spent countless millions on digital devices. After all, their manufacturers have said they would engage students (“Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.” The Wall Street Journal, Sep. 4). But the investment has not always paid off, according to a report from the National Education Policy Center.
In fact, it has often only reinforced the dependence of young people on their devices. Yes, we want them to be digitally proficient when they graduate. But the overuse can be detrimental. It takes a certain discipline to read a textbook and write an essay by hand. Critics will claim that’s an anachronism, but only time will tell if something important has not been lost in the obsession with technology in the classroom.
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