Technology and Education
With todays rapidly growing advances in technology, is our childrens education being left behind.
My main concern are the advances in the telecommunications industry. Specifically cell phones.
Certainly, it is great to chat with anybody pretty much at any time. However, have you noticed how quickly the children can text. Yet given a pen and paper, they almost freeze. They almost immediately learn the unofficial shorthand used in texting but can they remember how to spell words from the dictionary.
I greatly approve of the younger generation being able to communicate freely, as it must surely improve their social interaction but why must it be done in some kind of "electronic creole".
Why can't these companies bring out some versions that are especially modified for parents to give their children, if they wished to. These modified versions would include a spell checker. If a word was spelt incorrectly then the message could not be sent.
I believe that childrens ability to spell correctly, would greatly improve, almost overnight.
I am all for advances in technology but, lets do it in a rational manner, that will not affect our childrens education by skipping over some of the basic subjects.