Computers vs. Books

Val Hamilton writes “While schools pour big money into computers, some educators say the educational rewards are disappointing
Vancouver Sun Thursday, March 11, 2004

“Library budgets, meanwhile, have been slashed. Mary Locke, a teacher-librarian at Gordon elementary in Vancouver, says studies indicate spending on library resources is a quarter of what it was 15 years ago.

Her school library falls short in almost every area, Locke said. There are few books to help students understand changing conditions in other countries, nothing on modern space exploration, little new fiction and almost no magazines.

“We don’t have enough of what children love to read to fuel them to want to read,” she lamented.

The flood of information available on the Internet does not substitute for good, age-appropriate print materials, she said. “You can press some buttons and see something, but do you actually understand what you are looking at? It’s a struggle for students to figure it out.””