There are, it seems, no easy choices for parents these days.
Primary education comes in all shapes and sizes, from charters to Montessori to traditional schools that promise to drill the three Rs into your kid the old-fashioned way. Each comes with its appealing promises. One will nurture your child's creativity. Another will teach him discipline. Still another will mold him into a proper cog in the 21st-century workforce.
What most of these schools have in common, however, is a lust for technology. Educators want computers in every classroom. They want iPads, laptops and digital projectors. They demand better programs that can help teach children to read and do math at ever-younger ages.
And since our kids are growing up in a digital world, since they will be expected to surpass us in every measure of technical knowledge, since they will need to master clever gadgets that we can't even dream of — that push to get technology in the classroom seems perfectly sensible.
Problem is, it may not be. After more than a decade of our packing schools with computers and high-tech gadgets, some scientists and progressive educators are saying all those machines are damaging kids' brains. (Apparently, they aren't doing wonders for adult brains, either.) In growing numbers, elite parents are choosing schools that keep screens out of the classroom.
Could they be on to something? Read our cover story, starting here, and see what you think.