Learning how to use a computer is like learning to drive a car. Once a person learn the basics, the rest is simple. Itâ€™s something everyone should be capable of doing. It is also necessary in todayâ€™s society, because we rely on computers for everyday life. But to make the core of childrenâ€™s education is something that many people believe will destroy their ability to learn.
The world is computer-intensive, and our children cannot compete if they are not fluent with computers according to some computer technology salesmen. But when a person stop and think about it, the computer skills that our high school students need are work skills, such as cash registers, the use of spreadsheets for booking orders or bookkeeping, filling out applications using computers. While we will all be using computers for a long time to come, this does not justify bringing computers into the lower grades. All we are trying to do is encourage and develop critical thinking and the creativity the world needs. These types of skills are not enhanced, but are diminished when operating a computer. The computer imposes a structured type of thinking that is inappropriate for the young child, diminishing their potential. Spelling and grammar checks, for example, allow a lack of discipline in writing, which is bad for children. They need to develop the ability to write in a disciplined way. It is impossible to develop these writing and thinking skills using a computer, because the computer does all the work for them.
Some people say the sooner we introduce computers to children, the better. For the first fourteen years of a childâ€™s life, the normal experience of free play, person-to-person interactions, and the development of critical thinking, reading, and writing are more important than skills required to run a computer. I believe that childern need to be introduced to the computer as early as possible without interrupting the normal life experience pattern.