They’d better be adept in electronic communication, or they’ll be left behind.
I’ve been saying it for a long time. All the advances in communication technology are destroying peoples ability to communicate.
Their attention span went away when Sesame Street came on the scene in the 60’s.
Yeah, the kids can’t be indoctrinated properly when they might have access to the truth and what’s really going on in America.
Needs to be on balance as mentioned at the end of the article.
Government schools do more harm to kids than anything else.
One of the casualties of modern media is patience and concentration. Professional web developers are trained that a website which requires the user to search for more than 4 seconds will result in the user clicking the back button and finding another website.
However, when you look at all of the major intellectual accomplishments since the middle ages, they have all been due to the ability to study and concentrate (something developed, for Westerners at least, in the monasteries and later in the universities) and focus carefully on minutia. No one can comprehend (much less improve upon) highly technical sciences like quantum mechanics while "multi-tasking".
So far I have seen no evidence that whatever skills that modern youth are developing through multi-media consumption will be more efficient or of greater value than the skills that they are demonstrably losing... including those patterns of thinking that have created the modern world and all of its advances...
I think the real issue teachers have with the media is they are worried that computer courses will make their jobs go away.
And, yet, many schools want to put iPads in these kids’ hands instead of textbooks!!
Are we now in a race to see if we can produce the DUMBEST kids on the planet!!???
I am a GED instructor and a mother of two children born 15 years apart. I would say this is ABSOLUTELY true.
I read where they did a man-on-the-street in China where they have been using electronic gadgets a lot longer than us. They asked 20 somethings to write their name. They could not remember the characters. Without their gadgets they can’t communicate in writing.
The technology is moving faster than we are. We need to slow down and help these young folks learn the basics. The can pick up the technology on their own later. We did!
Right, it has nothing to do with the Teachers Unions or the over-paid pre-madonna Teachers that do anything but actually teach in the classrooms. They're too focused on political correctness and the homosexual agenda to do that.
Gee... ya think so!
Just using books, the library, etc weren't good enough.
Teachers are the Communist Party’s ‘useful idiots’...or are outright members of the party.