Screen Schooled

Screen Schooled
Screen Schooled

Screen Schooled

Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber
By Joe Clement, By Matt Miles


272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781613739518

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2017)


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As two veteran teachers who have taught thousands of students, Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our students. Rather than becoming better problem solvers, kids look to Google to answer their questions for them. Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap. On a mission to educate and empower parents, Clement and Miles provide many real-world examples and cite multiple studies showing how technology use has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on at school: teachers who are powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and antisocial; administrators who are too-easily swayed by the pro-tech “science” sponsored by corporate technology purveyors. They provide action steps parents can take to demand change and make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.


Screen Schooled is the most vivid, intelligent, and compelling book I have yet seen on what technology is doing for, and to, our schools.” —Jay Mathews, author of Work Hard. Be Nice. How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

“A sobering exposure of the damage wrought by constant screen exposure on developing brains. These veteran teachers show us why screens undermine learning and leave kids unable to think on their own.” —Richard E. Cytowic, MD, professor of neurology at George Washington University and author of the “The Fallible Mind” column at

“With striking clarity, Screen Schooled reveals why an education increasingly centered around digital devices is failing our children.” —Richard Freed, PhD, author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age

“Bravo to Joe Clement and Matt Miles, two savvy and experienced teachers, for masterfully pulling back the veil of the tech-in-the-classroom hoax.” —Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance

“Joe Clement and Matt Miles lay out a pressing truth that runs squarely against the hype of education technology: screens are not the key to achievement. They are a glossy distraction from the real intellectual work of learning.” —Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)

"An urgent wake-up call based on first-hand experience for anyone interested in how screen use in schools is damaging kids and education." —Susan Greenfield, author of Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

“I am deluged with education books, but this one was hard to put down."—The Washington Post

"In this astute exposé, teachers and education bloggers Clement and Miles team up to draw attention to what they see as the overuse of technology in education." —Publishers Weekly 

Author Biography

Joe Clement and Matt Miles are award-winning teachers, coaches, and mentors with a combined thirty years’ experience improving the education of young people. They run the blog and their writing has been featured in Psychology Today and the Washington Post. They are both parents and live in Northern Virginia.