Technology Doesn’t Replace a Solid Educational Foundation

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently published a report outlining the use of technology in the classroom. What they discovered from a global sampling of students in more than forty countries was that adding more technology to classroom settings does not lead to a better education. In fact they discovered that overexposure to computers and the internet caused educational outcomes to drop. Researchers have also determined that young people using computers in excess often feel isolated and alone. Could this be why the scores of high school students in the United States have continued their slide through the past few years? What does this say about the use of computers starting in kindergarten? Are we creating a generation of young people, who have no verbal or social skills?

The conclusion the OECD drew and I agree with is that students not possessing a solid educational background do not benefit from technology. The use of computers is only helpful in cases where it furthers the study of a specific subject or after a child has mastered the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Good teaching whether in a home setting or in the classroom can be aided by technology but technology cannot replace poor fundamentals or poor teaching. Once again we understand how important it is to be involved in our children’s education and help them cut back on computer time and pursue activities and hobbies, which encourage creativity and critical thinking skills. If your child is bored or seeking conversation, resist the urge to stream a movie, TV show or game to distract them. Take a few minutes of your time to talk to them, draw a picture with them or take a walk. The rewards for both of you will be phenomenal and lasting.

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