QUT ePrints

Alliance against childhood: Revisiting Fool's Gold

Lloyd, Margaret M. (2002) Alliance against childhood: Revisiting Fool's Gold. In ACEC 2002: Linking Learners, July 11-13, 2002, Hobart, Tasmania.

Abstract

In September 1999, the U.S. based lobby group, the Alliance for Childhood, released a report entitled Fool’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood. It called for a moratorium on the purchase of computers in schools, and argued for a nostalgic return to traditional teacher based classrooms. The report was immediately denounced by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) as being misguided in interpreting the problems of U.S. education as the products of technology. It was seen to be verbalising the worst fears of parents whose main source of information is from a sensationalising media (M. Williams, personal communication, December 6, 2001). This paper will support these responses, and will also address the disequilibration caused by the report which has made it difficult to shake or dismiss outright. This paper will review the Executive Summary of the Fool’s Gold report regarding it as an encapsulation of the report’s main arguments. This summary is to be found at http://www.allianceforchildhood.net/projects computers/computer_reports.htm. This paper will revisit the Fool’s Gold Report and use a combination of critical discourse and critical literacy processes to deconstruct its text (Lloyd, 1998; Luke, 1997). It will also, through this deconstruction, refer to the literature of the domain and relevant media reports, and will make use, where possible of Australian examples to refute many of the report’s assertions. It will position the report in its historical, political and cultural context arguing that it is a product of its time in (a) the shadow of the predicted Y2K collapse, (b) the prelude to the 2000 U.S. Presidential elections, (c) the polar stances of the contemporary media on information and communications technologies (Lloyd, 1998; Lloyd, 2000; Turkle, 1996); and, (d) more generally, the doom saying prevalent in any time of transition (Olson, 1987).

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

249 since deposited on 20 Feb 2006
36 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 3573
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Sociological pressure, media, benefits of technology, Fool's Gold, ACCE, ACEC
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:30

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page