The U.S. Department of Education issued a report yesterday that educational software of all types, from the video-game-like to the ultra-dry, "has no significant impact on student performance
." And folks like Elliot Soloway, professor of educational tech at U. Michigan, are miffed. Says Soloway, "It is the poor kids who will suffer, because it is their schools who will not get technology because of this study."
That's one way to look at it. Here's another way: the study could help
schools, both underfunded and not, because now their administrators might spend more money on good teachers and less on Oregon Trail
. Shooting squirrels in a video game is fun, but it's no substitute for a real human showing you how to shoot squirrels.