Teaching: An Apple for the Computer

Computerized teaching, long tested and talked about, goes into operation this week. More than 100 first-graders at East Palo Alto's predominantly Negro Brentwood School will begin learning math and reading from a good-humored, patient, quick-minded machine.

What every good human teacher yearns to do is give each student tutoring that matches his unique needs. Confronted with 20 or 30 kids at once, the teacher simply cannot achieve that goal. "Computer technology," says Dr. Patrick C. Suppes, 44, director of Stanford's Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences and developer of the East Palo Alto system, "provides the only serious...

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