Internet in America's Schools: Potential catalysts for policy makers

Joseph Slowinski

Abstract


As societies move toward the new millennium, Internet initiatives are being introduced in schools throughout the world. Yet, not without controversy. For example, in the United States fears of access to Internet pornography has dampened the potential enthusiasm for the further introduction of the Internet in schools. Furthermore, a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University found that increased exposure to the Internet led to increased levels of depression and isolation. With these fears circulating, it is inherently more problematic to urge policy makers and parents to desire technology in the classroom. In this article, in an effort to introduce potential points of dialog entry for policy makers, I examine three views that advocate the further implementation of Internet in schools: human capital, democracy and empowerment.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v4i1.636



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