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In particular, Stoll hates the way computer cultists have infiltrated America's schools, and in High Tech Heretic--a straight-talking, fast-moving broadside of a book--he aims every argument in his arsenal at the widespread belief that computers are the greatest educational invention since chalk. While he's at it, he also takes some potshots at the hype about virtual community, the Internet economy, and the death of the book, as well as the scourges of buggy software, ugly hardware, and PowerPoint.
Stoll's contrarianism is so wide-ranging he sometimes flails as he rushes to keep up with himself. But for the most part he hits his targets dead on. Stoll's chatty style and cracker-barrel wit (both of which occasionally grate) seem tailored to convince you he's just talking home-spun common sense, yet he's obviously done his research. Whether he's quoting Thomas Edison's predictions for that great educational tool, "the motion picture" ("in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks") or breaking down the grim budgetary implications of the high-tech school system (more computers means fewer teachers, music rooms, and books), Stoll's choice factual details--and spirited indignation--blow holes in the pretensions of the digital age. --Julian Dibbell
"High Tech Heretic," written by Clifford Stoll and published by Doubleday (1999), catalogs the rants of a former computer programmer turned astronomy teacher. Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by K. Paynter
Stoll's book is a mixed bag; unfortunately, most of it is bad. While many of his points about the affect of computers in the classroom are valid and confirmed by my time in... Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by Nyghtewynd
After thoroughly combing over this book, I was disappointed by the lack of facts and figures to back up the 90% of his rantings and ravings with sentences like: "So... yeah! Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by J. Bochert
High Tech Heretic really kept my attention. It started out a little slow at first but actually turned out to be a great book. Read morePublished on March 15, 2005 by jessica Legg
The more I read this book, the more that I began to understand what it was about and the more I began to agree with Stoll. Read morePublished on December 7, 2004 by cheergirl41143
Clifford Stoll is a PhD in astronomy with a varied background in education including teaching in high school. Read morePublished on April 22, 2004 by K. Marcum
As a public school teacher I can attest to the fact that Cliff really knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished on August 30, 2002 by "pokerchip52"
This book starts a discussion that really should have occurred well before computers came to be considered a required piece of educational equipment. Read morePublished on June 4, 2002 by Amazon Customer
High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll is a witty, skeptical insider's account of the (possible) negative effect of computers and the Internet on schools, education, libraries, and... Read morePublished on November 6, 2001 by PhilVaz