|Petra --Book art by Brian Dettmer.|
You've got to go check this guy out!
|A prenatal MP3 player...|
Get yours here!
It's an amazing technological world our children are growing up in. And it's wonderful and exciting, but I have to admit that it worries me, too. Though we have Blue Ray players and laptops and wireless Pandora at our house.... we've tried hard to keep things real, too. We've brought our children up in a farm setting so that they would understand the cycle of life and the beauty of God's providence in nature. We've tried hard to instill a good work ethic and a core of creativity and practical ability. All the kids know how to cook, for instance, and can figure out how to corale an escaped cow into the barn if needed. They can play for hours with nothing but chalk and rocks and jumpropes. And time to curl up with a good old-fashioned book is a luxury they all enjoy.
And, sure it's fun, but is this high tech, high speed environment really good for "growing up" our next generation? Is it good for the psyche of our nation that these things are taken for granted? Since I'm an "old-timer," I can Google my research but still remember how to use an encyclopedia; I can enjoy my cell phone and appreciate not being lassoed by a phone cord to one room in our house; I can slip in my earbuds and power walk to Jack Johnson, but remember the hours of Statler Brothers spinning on the turntable of my parents' stereo when I was a kid... And I like having that history. This next generation doesn't have the comparisons and appreciations that my peers and I do. Children today arrive in this world on a Disney digitally-simulated rocket ride into space -- and don't remember the rickety old wooden roller coasters of my youth...
|No babies really inhaled nicotine|
in the making of this image --
we certainly do hope...
Our second son, Kevvy, has a blog where he discusses a lot of these issues dealing with education and technology and it's interesting to see his take on these things. He recently linked to an educator in a high-tech high school who lamented:
Not long ago, students would ball up scraps of notebook paper and pass them around the room. They now instant message three friends at once. Boys would tuck copies of Sports Illustrated under their textbooks — now they open another tab at SI.com. They no longer fold elaborate fortune-tellers out of loose-leaf; instead they go online to check horoscopes or play role-play games. When I spoke at a conference last year on being a young teacher in a progressive technology school, the most important understanding shared was that I was not as interesting as what they could pull up on their screens. (Find the link to the rest of the article here.)
|Cartoon taken from Paul Silli's blog post|
"Why Should School Districts Invest in
|Horse and Buggy Days -- Paul Detlefsen|
Wouldn't you like to live in a Jesse Wilcox Smith kind of world?
But, then, before I had internet access, I don't think I knew who Jesse Wilcox Smith was... And in less than ten minutes, I was able to download seven of her beautiful paintings and share them with others who might not have ever heard of her.
So, hmmm... Technology: good or bad?
I don't know. It's complicated.
* Just an interesting aside: Check out how to repurpose old encyclopedias: Hints from Heloise, June, 2010