Or a graphing calculator. You can still get the job done with traditional means, but the people who can use better tools, get better results.
> Yeah, it's nice >that schools have computers, but >if they aren't teaching the >three R's correctly what's the >point.
The net better than anything could supplement, and for a really interested student, replace a lot of what goes on in formal education.
But the studies done on putting computers in homes of low income families are kinda mixed. At first it was the rage, e-mail, et cetera, but when the ink ran out, or they couldn't afford the ISP charges, it started to gather dust.
But one problem I see with the neighborhood I was born in, and ones that I have worked in, is that folks can't see past the block. Everything that is everything happens in the neighborhood. That mentality scares me.