If kids can't read, write, and do arithmetic, then how does teaching them about computers at a young age help?
Hint: Technology is the cause of these problems!!!
Americans, in particular, are as dumb as they are because no one knows how to function without technology. Can you image how maddening it is to have someone working at your bank who doesn't know how to pronounce your balance in dollars and cents because the number is too big? (I could pronounce numbers in English into the millions and billions by probably age 10...)
If kids don't learn how to think first without technology, then giving them technology only makes things worse.
I make a living off of a computers, so obviously I see value in them. But I also can do long division on paper, construct proper English sentences. Be understood quite well in written and oral form. Know how to look words up in a dictionary. Know about basic things like U.S. history, geography, world cultures, and so on.
Sorry, but I find it infuriating that people feel the problem is that we aren't teaching kids enough about technology...
In addition to mastering reading, writing and arithmetic, it would be nice if schools would teach things like world geography and cultures, diversity, tolerance, humility, social responsibility, volunteerism, and the Golden Rule. Then after that if they want to teach kids about technology, I'm all for it!
End of rant.