Research Cycle

  Vol 9|No2|December|2012

Grazing the Net
Raising a Generation of Range Free Students



Eighteen Years Later

When I first wrote this article, the promise of the Internet to transform classrooms, schools and learning was trumpeted far and wide, and yet three decades later we see little progress in the USA with regard to student comprehension skills, knowledge or writing as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Failure to address and fund professional and program development is largely the reason for these dismal results along with a tendency toward technology for the sake of technology.


Gathered around a classroom computer monitor, three students are exploring the Internet — a global network linking them to vast databases, immense archives, rich art collections and millions of users.

Is this a good thing for schools?

The potential is amazing. An impressive information harvest is just within our grasp. Suddenly we might have all the cultural treasures and the best ideas of human civilization available within a simple mouse click — provided someone digitizes and shares them.

Schools across North America are rushing to network. Governments and corporations hasten forward with grant support, advice, encouragement, pressure and products. The Internet is sold as the bridge to the future. Few dare to raise concerns or to challenge the royal tailors as weavers run cable from classroom to classroom.

The "wired school" is all the rage.

Access to the Electronic Highway becomes a priority.

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