a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
I agree with a lot of what you are saying.
Yes, teaching kids past ways of doing things is not a bad idea in terms of life lessons. I was thinking of the issue merely practically.
And, yes, I can see the intrinsic value in written systems--the artistic aspect of the application which is lost with computers.
I'm not sure if I would say that technology is the cause, or even a cause, of the current attitude of many millennials, though. I think that would be
a mixture of improper guidance from the adults in their lives, emotional immaturity, and poor education.
I was born in 1985, I am 30 years old now. I've noticed that some of the people younger than myself were raised completely different. Many of them
were absolutely coddled, and have a hard time accepting the fact that people will actually disagree with them.
What I've learned from the parents that I've watched:
1. Make your children work for things, don't just give them things
2. Your children are not special "just because"
3. If your child does wrong, don't blindly defend them--everyone has shortcomings, no one is perfect
4. Following number 3: do not protect your children from their own folly. That is not to say, if they do something dangerous, don't protect them. I
mean here that, if they do something to get into trouble, make them
face up to the consequences. Too many parents will take on financial
burdens caused by their troublemaking kids.
5. Teach your children logic, teach your children logic, teach your children logic
I have three daughters, and those are the five rules that I created to follow as a parent. To me, those 5 things are absolutely important based off of
how I was raised, and how I've seen other people raised and the results.
Technology is only a tool, no matter what form said tool takes. It is our interactions with one another, and at some point our own choices, that shape
our behavior as human beings.
As far as technology and education, computers themselves are wonderful tools for educating/schooling. I think the poorly educated youth is more a
result of the intrinsic failures of the state to properly allocate resources. Public schooling in the US is really