High-tech vs. No-Tech: Schools Take Opposite Approaches to Education

The article tells the tale of two students, one who goes to a tech-rich private school, and another who goes to a no-tech Waldorf school. From what the writer portrays, it seems as though both are flourishing, but questions about the long-term effects remain: Will the tech-using student suffer from short attention span and shallow thinking, and will the Waldorf student suffer from being left behind in navigating the digital world? Answers are not so cut-and-dried.

The sixth-graders are lighting up the room with their MacBook Airs, flipped open to Google, Wikipedia and YouTube for a physics assignment. Their classroom is decked out with touch-screen whiteboards, tablets and powerful WiFi connections able to handle a school full of children online at once. "Cool!"

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