Yes, it seems America's kids are spending far too much time in front of a screen and too little learning how to interact with other human beings. In a statement that probably left many in the high tech industry shuddering with fear, the Alliance called for a moratorium on computers in elementary school classrooms. The group calls instead on reading and creative group play to help students develop the skills they need in and out of school.
This report could send some members of congressional appropriations committees running back for their notes to date, schools have received almost $4 billion in federal aid earmarked for computers and Internet access. No one should panic just yet, though: Conflicting studies evaluating the benefits of computers are published often. And until we reach something resembling a consensus, we'll still be a very long way from turning our G-3s into fishbowls.