“To succeed, you will soon learn, as I did, the importance of a solid foundation in the basics of education - literacy, both verbal and numerical, and communication skills.”
~ Alan Greenspan

COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM

There can be absolutely no doubt that computers are an integral part of our modern way of life, and that our children will need to become skilled in their use. And while we do have computers in the classroom, we deliberately minimize their use to concentrate on mastering the fundamentals required for all learning.

If computers are emphasized too early, we feel that this can actually have a detrimental effect on a child’s education. We believe strongly that computers should not replace the training and disciplining of the mind required to fully master the basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

It is much more important for young children to develop the spatial discernment and fine motor skills required for writing than the ability to punch letters on a keyboard. While this concept may seem quaint or “old-fashioned”, it results in children who can easily and rapidly translate these skills over into using a computer when the time comes. And they will have meanwhile acquired the ability to be able to communicate in writing to anyone at any time. After all, how many high school students do we see now who cannot write legibly, or even at all, with a pen or pencil?

Learning to read and write our rather chaotic English language are the most difficult tasks our children will undertake in their education. Mastering these skills first are fundamental to being able to use computers later on, and in fact, are the keys to all future learning, including math.

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Another unfortunate byproduct of our reliance on modern technology is the deterioration of math skills in our youngsters. Calculators and computers are wonderful tools, but when we see cashiers unable to perform the simple task of making change when the till is not working, something is sadly amiss. When this is the level of competence, these electronic marvels are no longer our servants, but have become our masters.

We want our students to become proficient in calculating in their heads or with pen and paper before we let calculators and computers enter the scene. In this way, students develop their number sense and reasoning abilities – and develop the mental discipline needed for problem solving. Only then can calculators and computers become useful tools for the student.