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Technology: (Hurting or Helping our Youth)

14 Jan

Most of the sights that we all see on a daily basis are young people with their necks down, on the phone. When we should have the generation of the brightest, best, highly developed minds the world has seen, we instead have lazy, unmotivated young underachievers. The elevation of the speed at which information is received and gathered is at its peak in all of history. It is frightening to see that some kids struggle in school and in society. It is a shame when we would rather text the person next to us than to speak. The days of writing letters is now gone. There have been whispers of acknowledging text messaging as an official language. Wow, how about that! I once was proofreading a paper for a young student. The student wrote a research paper for a class filled with what she would text to a friend. Our children are attached to the hip with their phones, ipods, and mp3s. These things are not wrong. Should we ask ourselves what are our children doing with the information that they have? The internet has become merely a place for Facebook and downloading music. Kids have no interest in learning and the power of knowledge.

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in education

 

4 responses to “Technology: (Hurting or Helping our Youth)

  1. Nina Riley

    January 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t think just because kids have technology it will suddenly turn them into studious adults. Kids will be kids.

     
    • jackso6331

      January 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I know that technology is not a guarantee of success. I do feel as if it is not being used properly in the means of research and learning in the same manner as it is commonly used for facebook or myspace. I feel as if they have so much knowledge and opportunity that is squandered.

       
      • Nina Riley

        January 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Yes, but if we put the kids to one side – for a moment, then we will see that they are only doing what the adult population are doing. Many of my friends do not have a clue what to do on-line apart from consume information. Thus, in order for children to have a better understanding about ICT then we have to teach them about it from the start. Presently , in the UK, ICT lessons are totally behind the times. Children are taught to use Word and so on. Now the government wants the entire curriculum to be revamped as they realise we are failing our children. My husband is teaching my 9 year old html and my son loves it, he also wants to start a website, but I am a little apprehensive about that, due to spam. So some children want to learn, but we have to give them the opportunity. Don’t you think?

        Nina

         
      • jackso6331

        January 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

        You are very correct. Unfortunately, most children only repeat the apathy that the adults show in their lives. We have to find a way to get children back into the sciences and to the technologies. It comes down to training, patience, and manpower. Adults that work in the school system must be adequately trained and abreast of all new changes in the sciences. Patience will be a virtue in teaching new things to present minds. We also need the people and the resources to ensure that every child has the same opportunities to advance.

         

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