Should schools replace books with computers? I think there should be a balance between both personally.
I think there is a need for both computers and books, so both should be taught. If a school only relies upon books and handwriting alone there will be a lot of children growing up to be adults unable to use a computer properly, for the purpose of work that is as I can't imagine a world without computers in the future. However, saying all of this, how are we to know what future computers will be like? Will there be any need for even typing in the future?
There is no doubt that computers are the future, but I would like to think that there will still be the personalised touch: hand-writing. To me it would be like saying in the future there will be no such thing as art! There is nothing nicer than recieving a handwritten letter or card from a friend or a member of the family; it seems so cold recieving a typed up letter that is supposed to be personal.
I also think that if we learn to be dependent on the computers and their artificial intelligence then we will become lazy ourselves. I believe there will no longer be so many of us that can spell without a spell check or do sums without a calculator. Our brain is a muscle after all, if you don't use a muscle it becomes weaker. I and my children love the challenge of making and solving our own maths problems outside without even pen and paper, all because of the practise they have had at the table; it is a very rare occasion that the calculator will come out.
As a home educator, I like to teach my children both. I type a lot myself, as I'm sure that is quite obvious, but I do like to write out my notes in pen. I don't know what it is about writing by hand, but it's kind of relaxing I find. I also find that holding a book and turning the pages is a really nice thing to do. There is something a little magical lost from reading it on a screen. Also with my visual stress I find the glare of a computer screen much more tiring. Perhaps I'm just old skool, what are your views?