Hi, I'm just a mom and love the new technology and ability to access
information almost instantaneously. Having said, I worry the effect it
will have on our children. For example, this past summer my daughter
took a supplemental Reading/Writing class because this is an area of
weakness. In the class, they were required to read a book and then
"discuss" it. Made sense to me, back to basics...how to break down a
book. She needed it and I was relieved and praying that this would help
her. Until she told me that the teacher gives them a certain amount of
time to read and then posts a "discussion question" on the computer....?
Apparently, the kids were all given laptop computers as they come into
the class and "discussing" a book is done via the computers. 13 kids in
a class, discussing a book, and no one is talking. Great. Help my
daughter dissect a book but take away her ability to communicate
effectively. It's bad enough that they communicate via text messaging.
Needless to say I was crushed.