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Computer and School Education

There was a time when parents who wanted an educational present for their children would buy a typewriter, a globe or an encyclopedia set. Now those______【51】seem hopelessly old-fashioned; this Christmas, there were a lot of personal computers under the tree. ______【52】that computers are the key to success, parents are also financially insisting that children______【53】taught to use them in school—as early as possible. The problem for schools is that when it______【54】computers, parents don't always know best. Many schools are______【55】parental impatience and are purchasing hardware without sound educational planning so they can say, " OK, we've moved into the computer age. " Teachers found themselves caught in the middle of the problem—between parent pressure and ______【56】educational decisions. Educators do not even agree ______【57】how computers should be used. ______【58】money is going for computerized educational materials______【59】research has shown can be taught just as well with pencil and paper. ______【60】those who believe that all children should have access to computers, warn of potential dangers to the very young.

The temptation remains strong largely because young children______【61】so well to computers. First graders have been seen willing to work for two hours on math skills. Some have an attention span of 20 minutes. ______【62】school can afford to go into computing, and creates yet another problem: a division between the haves and have-nots. Very______【63】parents are agitating ______【64】computer instruction in poor school districts, ______【65】there may be barely enough money to pay the reading teacher.

(51)

A.items

B.toys

C.sets

D.series

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