Families: LEARNING CORNER: Creative Input

How to choose computer software that teaches your child the real principles of math and science

With President Bush's recent call for more extensive school testing, the pressure to give children an edge on math and science skills is more intense than ever. To many parents, buying computer software may seem like the right solution. But according to some experts, exposing kids to math on the computer too early may do more harm than good.

"The problem is that there is an overemphasis on learning basic skills instead of creative thinking," says Jack Bookman, associate professor of the practice of mathematics at Duke University. This doesn't mean that learning multiplication, subtraction and addition isn't important or...

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