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Much of the book, as I have said, is about computers and how parents and children might use them, if they choose. I want to emphasize very strongly that anyone can in fact choose not to use them. We hear a lot of talk, a little of it in this book, about the computer age and the computer revolution. Most of this has been cooked up by advertising men and computer salesmen trying to convince us that we, or at the very least our children, have to own a computer whether we want to or not that anyone who does not know how to use and even to program a computer is going to be hopelessly left out of the world of the future.
Liedloff lived for some time among the Yequana Indians of the Amazon basin. Of that experience and others she writes with extraordinary vividness and sensitivity. The following passage is her description of the early life of a Yequana baby: From birth, continuum infants are taken everywhere. Before the umbilicus comes off the infant's life is already full of action. He is asleep most of the time but even as he sleeps he is becoming accustomed to the voices of his people, to the sounds of their activities, to the bumping, jostling, and moves without warning, to lifts and pressure on various parts of his body as his caretaker shifts him about to accommodate her work or her comfort, and to the rhythms of day and night, the changes of texture and temperature on his skin, and the safe, right feeling of being held to a living body.
I have on my desk a letter from a young woman who, while taking an oral exam to qualify her to teach in New York City schools, made the mistake of saying that she would have her students read books that stressed the importance of the individual. For this statement she was abusively attacked by her examiners and then failed. " And a recent issue of Harper's magazine contained the article, “The Way It Spozed To Be," written by a young man who describes how he was able to teach slum children by highly unorthodox methods and how for his pains he was not only fired but also virtually blacklisted.