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Smart Phone=Dumb Kids! I’m Not Buying That Are You?

I’m not a  person of middle age who believes technology is killing our society. I also don’t believe it’s making it dumber.Let me begin by saying I love technology, I try to embrace it not fight it. I get a true sense of accomplishment when I learn something new. Also, a lot of newer technology has made life a little easier, including the Smartphone.

Several skills that every kid once learned in school are falling by the wayside. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar.

A professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion. Today’s kids don’t need to waste time on those things.  State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make the necessary corrections.

In the study they go on to say, spelling and grammar are “a bit unnecessary because they are skills that were very essential maybe 100 years ago but they are not right now.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I do believe that some of the ‘old school’ skills are necessary, just not all of them.

Over the years I have come in contact with just as many dumb people with great spelling and grammar skills as smart people. I also believe a lot of what was taught 100 or even 50 years ago really doesn’t apply in today’s world.

Back too the original question: Do Smart phones equal dumb kids? My answer is no. I believe not only today’s kids but those to follow are destined to learn and create other things. To you and me they may not be greater things than the ‘old school’ stuff we are familiar with, but in today’s world they are.

Do you think kids need to spend as much time as we did on writing and grammar etc?


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