Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Computer Is a Tool, Not a Teacher

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Computer Is a Tool, Not a Teacher

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Regarding the article "College Students - at a Loss for Words (on Paper)," Dec. 15: It's unfair to blame the proliferation of the computer for poor writing skills.

I remember reading about studies lamenting the writing skills of my own high school graduating class (nationwide), yet we did not have computers in school. The skills that these studies test - such as writing letters and reading schedules - are rarely taught in school. The computer is simply a tool, like paper and pencils. It can make writing faster and more fun, but the user still must have writing skills. Suzanne Soule, Vista, Calif. The horrors of Bosnia

When Steven Spielberg received his well-deserved Oscar for "Schindler's List," he urged us not to forget the horrors of the Holocaust. However, he forgot to mention the holocaust that is going on in Europe. Thousands of people are giving their lives in Bosnia for their ethnic origin. The word "ethnic cleansing" has become a cliche. The recent cease-fire has produced some hope for peace, but full peace can never be achieved as long as the war criminals are free. It can only be achieved when justice will be done to those who have suffered the ultimate trauma of war. I would rather watch the trial of the war criminals right now than a "Schindler's List II," many years later, when it will be too late. Junaid Ahmed, Bloomington, Ill. Power Rangers: violent role models

I was deeply disappointed when House Speaker Newt Gingrich promoted the violent TV characters, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, to entertain the children of the members of Congress ("A Whole Newt World in Washington," Jan. 6). I was hoping the new Congress would be more alert to the hazardous effect of television violence on our children. Through this type of programming, our precious seedlings have unnatural acts poured daily over their developing minds. …

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