reply to post by shapur
That actually happened to me. It was a hurricane that knocked out everything, and we went a week without power. There was no TV, no Internet, no
phone, and no lights or hot water. We read books by candlelight, told stories and played board games. We bathed in cold water and it was no fun, but
it was kind of peaceful. I think I could totally be happy in a world without computers, TV, phone and electricity....but I need very hot water to
reply to post by ErgoTheConclusion
Exactly. It's our choice if and how we use the tech. I am old school, still write out my math, still prefer ink and paper to write, but I also know
that it is good to have tech in some cases. We are only lazy if we choose to become dependent on it.
I think there is or should be room to teach both ways, give kids both options. I think the foundations should be mastered in elementary though, and
once the foundations are strong enough, then build on them with tech. But if the world ended tomorrow and we had to rebuild from scratch, we'd all be
hoping those that survived had the basics to rebuild with.
If I were a teacher, I'd be pretty strict by today's standards. That is one reason why I choose not to teach. I'd also have pretty high standards,
and I'd want to stay with my group of kids from 1st to 5th grade, guiding, teaching and nurturing them all the way through. That way, I'd really get
to know each kid and have the time to work with them.
I think that is a more consistent and stable approach, and allows the foundations to be strong. In this chaotic world, kids need consistency,
stability and disicipline (and by discipline I do NOT mean the physical kind). If we want to live in a structured, ordered society we need to build it
that way, and it starts first at home but secondly in school. If we want a society that is not dependent, we need to teach independence. If we want
kids to have options, we need to teach them in a way that allows them to have options to choose from.
If they choose to use tech, they will do so because it is a good option, not because they are not educated enough to have any other choice.