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Computer in education: A critical review Part 2

 Computer in education: A critical review Part 2The School-day is about to end and the students is Dator i undervisningen: En kritisk analys Del 2bringing the computers home despite the fact that they are not useful for the homework they have been assigned. However, now is time to settle all disagreements, all conflicts during the school-day continues on the web. They who are the most exposed, the bullying victims, that before the web often had a safe haven in their home, are now followed with insults during all of their waken hours, since the computer should be used according to the school boards decrees. Nevertheless the school board has no idea of what is going on because they do not want to know.

The Friends Report 2013 shows that 98% of all youth in Sweden use the web regularly and 91% participate in social networks. Because the lack of education many have established their own habits and views from the web. The Swedish National Agency for Education points out that knowledge about source analysis is a common deficit. The success in concern of number of visits for the hate-websites gives evidence to this claim. Youngsters are fed with floods of information from these websites that they uncritical receive. This as an alternative reality that unlike different games that fills a similar function can lead to fatal consequences if nothing is done to prevent the development. Racism, xenophobia and other discrimination then finds a new audience easily, and deficits in source analysis do make that resistance is driven by intuition.

The Friends Report 2013 that was mentioned above is based on data from 36 698 pupils and 4655 adults that work in schools. They have answered questions about bullying and safety. In concern of the pupils 20% has read something on the web that they have found uncomfortable. 9% have experienced that somebody has spread a picture or film with them on the web without their consent. In addition, 40% in Secondary School experience that they have nobody to turn to in case they are discriminated on the web. Unfortunately, the conclusion from the first part of this article-series is also relevant here. The school is still located in a vacuum between the 2000th Century’s school that was organised after that century’s prerequisites and the 21th school that still is waiting on its breakthrough.

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LarsGöran Boström©

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