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Misinformation Age

More computers, less learning.

Jan 2, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 16 • By DAVID GELERNTER
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The most important solution to the problematic Information Age has nothing to do with the web. Eventually we will get over the idea that playing with computers and the Internet is inherently virtuous. Schools ought to take the same line on web--browsing as they do on poker; it can be profitable if you're lucky, but do it on your own time. It's true that some schools have made sound educational use of computers and software. But my guess is that, on balance, American schools would do better if they junked their Macs and PCs and let students fool around somewhere else. Schools should be telling students to read books, not play with computers.

David Gelernter is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. His book on Americanism is due to be published by Doubleday in 2006.