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Jane M. Healy

Failure to Connect

Jane M. Healy Failure To Connect How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds And
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* When should children start using computers?

* How should schools incorporate computer use into their curriculum?

* Which types of computer software programs should be avoided?

* Are children who don't have computers in class and at home doomed to fall behind their peers?

Few parents and educators stop to consider that computers, used incorrectly, may do far more harm than good to a child's growing brain and social/emotional development. In this comprehensive and practical guide to kids and computers, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., author of the groundbreaking bestseller Endangered Minds, examines the advantages and drawbacks of computer use for kids at home and school, exploring its effects on their health, mental development, and creativity.

In addition, this timely and ey-opening book presents:

* Concrete examples of how to develop a technology plan and use computers successfully with children of different age groups as supplements to classroom curricula, as research tools, or in family projects

* Resources for reliable reviews of child-oriented software

* Questions parents should ask when their children are using computers in school

* Advice on how to manage computer use at home

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discover and Invention If Jefferson, Bach, and Einstein had been reared on PCs, would we now have the Declaration of Independence, The Passion According to St. Matthew, and the theory of relativity? Not likely, if the arguments marshalled by Jane Healy are correct. Failure to Connect sounds a wake-up call for teachers and parents who believe that computers alone will solve our educational problems. The bottom line: Adult attention rather than gigabytes is what makes children grow.


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