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Brittney Stewart

Special Education Aide, education

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An emphasis on technology actually reduces the amount of learning.

Some of the leaders of Google and Silicon Valley are sending their children to schools that are bereft of technology. Their children use pen and paper and are surrounded by books at school. Technology is seen as a tool that would hamper the learning process rather than enhance it.

It seems to qualify itself when the engineers of these products and ideas would prefer their children not be exposed to technology until they're in 8th grade and beyond.

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  • Oct 26 2011: As I see it, technology will simply change the way we learn. I think people get lost in nostalgia, and assume that they way we did it as kids is the best way, but things change and we must accept it. If you can have knowledge at your fingertips, do we need to go through the process of learning in the way we used to? In the UK, we are closing libraries left right and centre, and some protest, but the truth is, people don't use them in significant numbers any more. I used to use them as a child, and it makes me sad that they are going, but they are the places of MY childhood, not the current generation. I am being nostalgic about the experience.

    It is certainly important to be equipped with the ability to learn and discover, and I think to delay the introduction to technology is not a bad thing - it can be hugely distracting for example - but it cannot last forever, and at some point our children will need to engage completely, or they will be left behind. I'm not sure I like it, but it is so.
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      Oct 27 2011: Stephen,

      Yes, I agree that at some point in the youth's development he/she must be exposed to and become proficient in the predominant technologies of his/her times and culture. But it is very much a matter of timing. I agree with you that delaying exposure to high technology in the earlier years is very much a good thing.

      I also agree that resistance to using high technology should be based on science, not nostalgia.
    • Nov 4 2011: Stephen,

      It's interesting that you say that in the UK they're closing libraries left, right and centre, and just yesterday BBC news had a report saying that 42% of people in the UK say that today's children are "feral." I don't think these two things are unrelated. When you went to the library, there was a standard of behavior expected, and you went there to perhaps research something for school or to find a quiet afternoon's diversion.

      Today, governments are increasingly chucking people out on their own, leaving them to find other places to do their research or find their entertainment. Government figures that you can look things up on the internet or buy a book from Amazon, so you don't need an expensive public library. Except that those kids who can't afford a computer of their own, let alone spend precious money on book for entertainment, are left to their own devices.

      I think it's a mistake to close the libraries, and to lower our standards.

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