Reflections of a Computer Contrarian
By Clifford Stoll
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385489768, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 12, 2000
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The cry for and against computers in the classroom is a topic of concern to parents, educators, and communities everywhere. Now, from a Silicon Valley hero and bestselling technology writer comes a pointed critique of the hype surrounding computers and their real benefits, especially in education. In High-Tech Heretic, Clifford Stoll questions the relentless drumbeat for "computer literacy" by educators and the computer industry, particularly since most people just use computers for word processing and games--and computers become outmoded or obsolete much sooner than new textbooks or a good teacher.
As one who loves computers as much as he disdains the inflated promises made on their behalf, Stoll offers a commonsense look at how we can make a technological world better suited for people, instead of making people better suited to using machines.
Clifford Stoll, an MSNBC commentator, a lecturer, and a Berkeley astronomer, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Cuckoo's Egg and Silicon Snake Oil. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.
"An often funny and acerbic look at the new computer priesthood." --The Christian Science Monitor
"Stoll's long experience with technology gives him authority. . . . His claims are based on facts, logic and common sense." --The Seattle Times
"Wonderful. . . . Stoll has Internetted there, computed that and seen through the hype about computers and education." --Chicago Sun-Times
"When Stoll says something, gearheads and non-gearheads alike usually listen. Not only is he an entertaining writer, but he is completely sensible in his approach about the role computers should play in our lives." --The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Wonderful...SHould be in the hands of every school administrator ready to sign a check for more computers."-Chicago Sun-Times