I've been investigating private schools for Mo and have narrowed my choices down to a couple that I am going to visit and perhaps apply to.
One of the schools doesn't teach any kind of computer skills though it does teach gardening and knitting along with the basic Rs. That sounds fabulous to me, for me, but I still don't know if it is right for Mo so I was doing some research and reading, comparing different educational systems and philosophys when I came across this:
In a tightly controlled study it became apparent that the use of "Reader Rabbit" software decreased creativity by 50% as evidenced by the fact that after using the program for seven months, 50% of the children in the study were no longer able to answer open ended questions and showed a markedly diminished ability to brainstorm with fluency and originality (Oppenheim, Atlantic Monthly).
I didn't know what Reader Rabbit is so I looked it up and learned that the program is often used in schools. I don't know if it is used in schools here (but I intend to find out).
Knitting is starting to sound like a much better lesson plan.
What do you think of programs like Reader Rabbit?