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