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David Williams

Training Specialist , Arvato

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Is the increased maturity of children leading us to educate them wrong?

In modern first world culture children not have much more access to information through multimedia and technology. Censors are more lenient, mobile internet more prevalent, access to knowledge and people is easier than ever.

Children as a result are less likely to ask questions and may be more inclined to self educate in areas of curiosity and interest. Does this new access to to information that would be previously staggered and controlled mean that children are maturing quicker and education needs to account for this?

Adults learn because they want to or have to, unlike children can be told to, will this now change?

Do we need to take more form Andragogy to apply to our Pedagogies?


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  • Sep 11 2013: More mature in some ways Less mature in others So you are assuming what you are trying to prove.
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      Sep 11 2013: I'm intrigued by your reply. Everyone is jumping on the word maturity. People seem to hate associating that word with younger generations, like its an affront to their own maturity.

      Can i ask how you see them as less mature now?
      • Sep 11 2013: people hate associating maturity with younger generations because they think differently. Just because you have all the knowledge in the world doesn't mean you have the capacity to act on it to better the world. And the reason why people hate the association is because we have been kids at one point. We know how we used to think.

        Maturity is not about knowledge. Its about staying in the world alive long enough to see how people interact, how people work their lives, how people bring changes to the world. If a kid can do all these things, then by all means he/she is probably mature enough to handle the world. But for the most part, the younger generation has to experience a lot of things, he has to experience hardship, work, following orders, and graduating to making decision for himself and others to improve society.
        This process doesn't take overnight.. I used to handle student interns.. and some just don't care about the kind of work they do. This is because they havn't experienced what its like to have their jobs, salary, means of livelihood to be on the line. They work when they want, and sloppily in some cases. Multimedia knowledge doesn't help in this case.
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          Sep 11 2013: But are we not blurring the line of wisdom and maturity when we think like this?
        • Sep 12 2013: I don't think I ;am as unfair as it might seem. They are very proficient with some tech items if allowed to be, but to understand food and sources of raw materials and manufacturing, etc. I think we all have a problem with that - Also, the personality tyupes may vary greatly independently of age. To evaluate someone like Lincoln who was virtually7 uneducated in the context of fifty years ago or today is incredible. Also, certain limitations of the human brain make me question our functioning with all the distractions. AQlso, greater complexity creates its problems. etc. etc. Let's develop this some more.

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