ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1983
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(5) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) Issue of computers' actual role in education examined; films shown. [DC public schools spokesperson James T. GUINES - feels students without significant exposure to computers will be severely handicapped.] TV commercial illustrating push for computer literacy shown. Results of survey by "Electronic Learning" magazine on status of computers in classroom outlined on screen, discussed. [MIT professor Joseph WEIZENBAUM - feels computer fad is mistake, based on illusion; explains.] New York Times survey on future employment force mentioned. [Prof. A. Dan. PECK - believes basic education is more important than computer learning.] Lexington high school experience with computer softwares' education weakness noted. [Lexington computer services director Dr. Frank DiGIAMMARINO - notes lack of software progress.] Issue of econs. considered. [Doug. BROCKETT - hopes teachers will catch up with computer literate students.] Some states mentioned mandating computer literacy for certified teachers. [Dr. Robert TINKER - notes choices created for society by technology.]
REPORTER: Judd Rose