A Tool that Enhances Education
Computers have been instrumental in improving the quality of life for many people all over the world. Computers have enhanced education to make teaching and learning more productive. Such a technology has given people more opportunities for gathering information and developing education in all subjects like English, science, math, history, and the arts. People like myself have benefited from the variety of programs that the computer has brought in this century such as writing and office programs, encyclopedias, the Internet, email, and online communities. In the century we live in today, the computer is not only considered to be an important tool, but a necessity in a business oriented society. Computers have also been and continue to be a productive tool, especially in the world of education.
In a critique titled "The Computer Delusion," Todd Oppenheimer, Associate Editor of Newsweek Interactive, argues that "the tremendous emphasis on computers and technology in elementary and secondary schools, and especially in the lower grades, can actually decrease the effectiveness of learning and teaching" (255). I disagree with Oppenheimer because with the proper use of computers, education can out do itself. Computers have and are still used productively in the classrooms to improve teaching and learning. Oddly enough, Oppenheimer included studies that he disagreed with on the five arguments that campaign the computerization of the nation's schools:
Computers improve both teaching practices and student achievement.
Computer literacy should be taught as early as possible; otherwise students will be left behind.
To make tomorrow's work force competitive in an increasingly high-tech world, learning computer skills must be a priority.
Technology programs leverage support from the business community-badly needed today because schools are increasingly starved for funds.
Work with computers-particularly using the Internet-brings students valuable connections with teachers, other schools and students, and a wide network of professionals around the globe. These connections spice the school day with a sense of real-world relevance, and broaden the educational community (259).
The five arguments for the computerization of schools supports the idea of allowing computers have a part in education. Though Oppenheimer disagrees with the computerization of schools, I strongly believe that computers are essential to the role of education. Computers should play an important role in helping students and teachers throughout the learning process with such writing, English, math, science, history, art, and geography programs. As a teacher assistant at an elementary school for first, second, and third graders, I have observed some of the beneficial uses that computers have brought to the classroom. A couple of the teachers that I have worked with have had the students integrate some of their writing assignments into...