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Date: Wed, 03 May 1995 16:03:36 -0400
From: Marty Solomon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: developing IT use
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I think that one of the great mistakes that we are making in
education today is in spending too much time teaching
students to use computers.  It is much more important to
teach them to read, write, compute,synthesize and exhibit
critical thinking skills. We "waste" precious time on
teaching elementary skills, even in higher education.  These
"computer skills" that they learn today will be totally
obsolete even 3 years from now.
 
Computers are now easy enough to use that most people can
learn by themselves. Most secretaries learn WordPerfect for
Windows by themselves.  Windows and Mac software are getting
to be quite intuitive AND the software will become even
moreso in the near future. The danger that people talk about
concerning the people who will be left behind is, I believe,
largely a myth based upon unrealistic assumptions about the
quality and ease of use of software. Look at it this
way--unless software companies make software as easy to use
as driving a car (and I think that this is the correct
analogy) they will miss out on a huge market. That, they
will NOT do!
 
Marty Solomon <[log in to unmask]>