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Technology; A Crutch vs. a tool and the Demise of our Children’s Education.

Updated on November 27, 2012

Calculators, “smart”-phones, computers, tablets, and technology are great tools but when we become enslaved to these items as opposed to using them for what they are, we begin to see the opposite effects of the very reason they were created. If you are lucky enough your children are attending private schools and you know that they learn the arts, they learn to be creative, and they learn hands on. They have outstanding writing skills, computational abilities without calculators, and at least adequate penmanship. Ironically these are the future CEOs’ of companies such as Google. They won’t acquire their problem solving skills from meaningless online articles followed by an hour of playing Angry Birds.

Successful children will text but they will also have mastered effective communication skills. Sure you might make money if you can’t spell; you might even have a good job or run a successful business. You won’t however be CEO of a company such as Google. Technology is helping to widen the abyss between haves and have not’s at alarming speeds.

When I did research for anything it involved traveling to a library and reading several books on any given subject. I would have loved to have had all that information a keyboard stroke away. However I wouldn’t trade my educational background with today’s technology for anything. Learning to manipulate software and use devices will be adequate for the masses but those who truly excel will have mastered their minds the old fashioned way, hands on.

I’d say it’s a safe bet that the public school system will do away with cursive writing in the near future. I’d also say it’s a safe bet that not a single prestigious private school will ever consider such an act. As I was not one of the privileged elite this is the reason I so highly value my education having taken place prior to the digital age.

As we no longer manufacture much we will have little need to educate our children, after all not everyone can be elite so why bother having the masses be intelligent enough to cause problems?

The public education system is not going to get better anytime soon. It is the duty of parents to teach their children, blaming the system will not help them. Only hands on guidance can develop the intellect that is soon to be reserved for the elite. The faster technology progresses the faster the masses are being dumbed down.

No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I absolutely love technology. I would be lost without my computer but I never lose sight of the fact that it is what it is; merely a tool.

I took an online creative writing course via a local community college recently. I was shocked at the lack of ability to write. Spelling was atrocious, grammar all but non-existent, and story lines I would expect to see from elementary school what I did over my summer essays.

How did we manage to allow our educational system to fall apart in such a short period of time? My thought is that we have become misguided in our rapid growth. Technology is great as a tool but I feel that we have allowed the younger generation to utilize it as a crutch rather than as the tool it should be.

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      Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub and food for thought, David. I believe technology is a double edged sword in regards to the education of our children. On the one hand, it gives them many more research options and in an easier fashion. It also makes learning more enjoyable keeping them motivated. On the other hand, many stuudents are not learning the fundamentals of education and have no foundation for learning. It is up to parents and our schools to make sure that our children learn and adhere to these fundamentals.

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      David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you Billybuc, means a lot to have an experienced teacher agree. Although I taught remedial classes at a business college many years ago the closest I am to being a teacher is having a sister who has many years of elementary school teaching behind her.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting opinions....and ones I agree with completely. I don't know if you know, but I taught middle school and high school for eighteen years, and my opinions on technology parallel yours. I think it has made people lazy; I think it has eliminated the need for critical thinking, or at least made it so easy that people no longer do critical thinking. It was refreshing to see this hub and hear someone else say what I have been saying for a very long time.

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      David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you Nelllieanna! A pleasure to hear from you. I'm hoping to become more active here on HP.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent - and in a different way, similar to my message in my hub "School Tools, Then and Now". Technology is a turn that could be a boon to education but it's working out to be a curse for the majority of students - and teachers. Students with good training at home are probably able to survive it and make it work; but still, the camaraderie with other students knowing how to spell and use the tools of grammar and internalized understanding in all the fields of study must seem like a kind of strange isolation. Sometimes it's a little that way online, in fact! ;-)

      Excellent article, David - and it's such a pleasure to see you active on HP!