I wasn't really talking about Mo, who is too young for this to really be a concern, but about the fact that schools are spending their very limited funds on computers.
Oh that? I think it's cargo-cult education politics.
During World War II, on some pacific islands, the natives observed the arrival of a new civilization called "Americans". The Americans, who evidently worshipped different gods than the islanders, immediately started building monunments to those gods. They called the monuments "landing strips". And sure enough: As soon as the monuments were finished, god-like creatures with wings, which the Americans called "planes", landed on them. They brought food, technology, even houses, all of which the Americans referred to as "cargo". One American, a man by the name of "John Frum", was even kind enough to give some cargo to the islanders. This impressed the islanders so much they abandoned their traditional religion and started worshipping the American god, Cargo, and His prophet John Frum.
After the war, fewer and fewer planes landed on the Pacific islands. Eventually John Frum left as well. The islanders, deprived of American goods, figured that Cargo was angry, and that they needed to build new monuments to make amends with him. So they cut down trees in their jungles and built monuments that looked remarkably similar to airfilields. The Cargo cult is still alive in the Pacific, and its adherents continue to wait patiently for the Second Coming of John Frum.
I think the Cargo cult is a pretty good model for computer-worship in the education system. The bureaucracy running the system has observed that computers have brought riches in the past. They don't really understand how the connection between computers and riches works. So now they think all they have to do is buy computers, make students sit at them, and look forward to the life of affluence that the students are bound to lead.
If I was the principal of an American high school, and if principals could actually decide things in America, I would take a hard look at the number of books you can buy for the price of one computer, and just buy books for the library. Computers are overrated.