To develop independent thinkers, pull the plug on computers [Letter]

It may be that those who devised the Common Core system of education intend to develop "independent thinkers." I wonder if they are, even inadvertently, teaching children that all truth is to be found on the computer, and anything they cannot find there is irrelevant or nonexistent. I know college graduates who cannot read a map, decipher the index of a book or calculate the area of a circle, because they have been taught to go to the Internet for everything. Take away their computers and they are helpless. Worse, take away their computers, and they are ignorant.

David M. Shea

Ellicott City

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