There was a time when parents who wanted an educational present for the ir children would buy a typewriter, a globe or an encyclopedia set. Now those ___ 1___ seem hopelessly oldfashioned; this Christmas, there were a lo t of personal computers under the tree. ___ 2___ that computers are the key to success, parents are also frantically insisting that children ___ 3___ taught to use them in schoo l—as early as possible. The problem for schools is that when it ___ 4 ___ computers, parents don’t always know best. Many schools are yielding to parental impatience and are purchasing hardware ___ 5___ sound education al planning so they can say, “OK, we’ve moved into the computer age.” Teachers found themselves caught in the middle of the problem—between parent pressure a nd ___ 6___ educational decisions. Educators do not even agree ___ 7 ___ how computers should be used. A lot of money is going for computerized e ducational materials ___ 8___ research has shown can be taught ___ 9 ___ with pencil and paper. Even those who believe that all children should h ave access to computers, warn of potential ___ 10___ to the very young. The temptation remains strong largely because young children ___ 11___ s o well to computers. First graders have been seen willing to work for two hours on math skills. Some have an attention span of 20 minutes. ___ 12___ sch ool can afford to go into computing, and that creates ___ 13___ another problem: a division between the haves and havenots. Very few parents are agita ting ___ 14___ computer instruction in poor school districts, ___ 15 ___ there may be barely enough money to pay the reading teacher.
1. A. items B. toys C. sets D. series
2. A. Given B. Provided C. Convinced D. Believed
3. A. are B. be C. are being D. were
4. A. talks about B. comes to C. turns to D. mentions
5. A. without B. with C. through D. for
6. A. wise B. clever C. slow D. enough