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Virtual Kids of the 21st Century: Understanding the Children in Schools Today

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  • Communication
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Microsoft Word - Eprints Cover Sheet.doc COVER SHEET Lloyd, Margaret (2002) Alliance against childhood: Revisiting Fool's Gold. In ACEC 2002, ACEC, Eds. Proceedings ACEC 2002: Linking Learners, Hobart, Tasmania. Copyright 2002 Australian Council for Cmputers in Eucation Accessed from: Alliance Against Childhood: Revisiting Fool’s Gold Margaret Lloyd School of Maths, Science and Technology Education QUT, Brisbane In September 1999, the U.S. based lobby group, the Alliance for Childhood, released a report entitled Fool’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood. It called for a moratorium on the purchase of computers in schools, and argued for a nostalgic return to traditional teacher-based classrooms. The report was immediately denounced by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) as being misguided in interpreting the problems of U.S. education as the products of technology. It was seen to be verbalising the worst fears of parents whose main source of information is from a sensationalising media (M. Williams, personal communication, December 6, 2001). This paper will support these responses, and will also address the disequilibration caused by the report which has made it difficult to shake or dismiss outright. This paper will review the Executive Summary of the Fool’s Gold report regarding it as an encapsulation of the report’s main arguments. This summary is to be found at This paper will revisit the Fool’s Gold Report and use a combination of critical discourse and critical literacy processes to deconstruct its text (Lloyd, 1998; Luke, 1997). It will also, through this deconstruction, refer to the literature of the domain and relevant media reports, and will make use, where possible of Australian examples to refute many of the report’s assertions.

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