Welcome to Cyberschool is a book about two highly charged and often emotional discussions in today's society. One concerns the optimism and promise surrounding information technologies of computers and the internet; the other involves the growing pessimism and despair about the nation's schools. These narratives of technological optimism and educational pessimism converge with increasing frequency, as school groups, community leaders, and political rivals battle each other over the best way to wire the nation's schools, computerize every classroom, and 'leave no child behind.'
David Trend is director of the UC Insititute for Research in the Arts and chair of the Studio Art Department at the Universtiy of California, Irvine.
Chapter 1 Politics, Technology, and School Chapter 2 Utopian Promise and the Digital Divide Chapter 3 The Education Business Chapter 4 Welcome to Cyberschool Chapter 5 Myths of Cyberdemocracy Chapter 6 Reading Cyberculture Chapter 7 Broken Promises and Democratic Possibilities