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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

Computer Use Considerations

Study of a Romanian voucher program that distributed computers to needy families found that:

Children in households who received a voucher were substantially more likely to own and use a computer than their counterparts who did not receive a voucher. Our main results indicate that that home computer use has both positive and negative effects on the development of human capital. Children who won a voucher had significantly lower school grades in Math, English and Romanian but significantly higher scores in a test of computer skills and in self-reported measures of computer fluency.

The clincher seems to be a significant rise in computer gaming, as these graphs illustrate – red line delineates voucher recipients on left from comparable non-recipients on right.

Apropos to my Arguments for Evaluation post on textbook findings in African schools.

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Filed under: Irony, TECHNOLOGY

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