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THE FOLLOWING IS MY TAKE ON OPPENHEIMER'S ARTICLE, THE COMPUTER DELUSION. You can read the article at
http://www.TheAtlantic.com/issues/97jul/computer.htm
I'M SURE YOU'VE SEEN THE URL FLOATING AROUND. ENJOY. Oppenheimer's response
follows.
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"Anyone there?" Copyright 1997 Miguel Guhlin
May be reproduced so long as credit is given.
"Hello, anyone there?"
These three words marked my first experience with a
personal computer. Deep down, I could feel the magic. I
could look into the green monochrome monitor and see a
reflection of some unknown person. Years later, I know
who that person was. I know from whence the magic
flowed, the answer to the question I'd posed to a dumb
Apple //e computer with 64K of RAM. The answer? For
awhile, I thought it was the world within reach of my
modem. Now of altering their
future (i.e. creating new tools).
After carefully reading all the above points, one can
come to only one conclusion: Oppenheimer spent 14 pages
to say what we all know to be true. Simply, that our
humanity isn't measured in an hourglass on the screen, but in what and how we think. It is the "think" that we want our children to learn how to
do and that social process is not the province of
statistical researchers but of ethnographers.
If we expect our teachers to change the way they teach,
we have to change their understanding of how students
learn. The world becomes more complex on its own. We
still have to learn how to exist in it, but the premise
underlying a good education hasn't changed.
It remains learning how to deal with new situations, marshalling all the
resources at your command, commanding those resources
when appropriate and applying them in the right quantities. . .all
requires our developing and self-selecting tools to
match the task and using the scientific process
throughout.
Do I think better when I write, or do I write better
when I think? I hope, both. Thanks for reading!
Take care,
Miguel Guhlin mguhlin@tenet.edu

DISCLAIMER: Technology serves as a catalyst for change.
It's about time someone started complaining [again] that it's
what students do with the technology, not what the
technology does with them that counts. Maybe, it'll focus everyone
back on the fundamental question of "How DO students
learn? And, how does that change the way teachers
teach?" And, if you don't agree, feel free to argue. I
won't hold it against you--for too long. 8->
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Message: "Deluded? HA!"
Written by Todd Oppenheimer on Mon Jul 7 22:54:10 1997
Miguel -- thanks greatly for obviously thinking
seriously about the issues in my story. That you took
away such a number of points is gratifying to me as a
writer. (We writers are often told that readers won't
recall much more than one main point in a story, and we
should therefore keep things simple.) Your note suggests
we can all stand to be a bit more ambitious.
-Todd Oppenheimer