A very informative article written by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, titled “New Report: Classroom Technology Overrated, Even Harmful”. Dr Kardaras is a licensed psychotherapist and a specialist on children’s screen addiction. Shared by Donna Garner, a retired teacher and education activist.
The Report Card
[COMMENTS POSTED BY NAKONIA HAYES TO THIS ARTICLE: Many teachers were told in the 1990’s that the attention span of babies and children up to 6 years old was being wrecked by parents’ sitting their young ones in front of a television screen to serve as a babysitter. They said the screen changed every 5 to 7 seconds. That constant movement of color and figures had shown to heighten attention deficit.
Walk into elementary classrooms and they are full –up to the ceiling– with dangling pieces of artwork and posters with bright colors on every wall. It does nothing to help children from chaotic home environments who need clean surroundings in which to focus on clarity of human communication. (Instead, try using one big poster of interest – a historical figure or event, for example, that can be the subject of conversation.)
Technology is a whole cultural “reset” button for human communication now at home, work, and school. Some of us, who try to drain the swamp while up to our rumps in alligators, can insist that our home or classroom not indulge in this mania. That means, of course, we have to take the technology away from the parents and teachers to serve as role models of this “new” behavior. That means we actually have to talk to children about significant topics and listen to them.
I would dream happy thoughts if the eloquent warning issued in the article posted below would wake up leaders and make a difference in education programs. – Nakonia Hayes]
“New Report: Classroom Technology Overrated, Even Harmful”
EXCERPTS FROM THIS ARTICLE
(Editor: Educators in recent years have come to embrace every new trend in education whether it has been proven or not. Common Core became the near universal standard with no evidence that it worked. Even some of its initial advisors like Dr. Sandra Stotsky turned against it. Now over $60 Billion has been spent on classroom technology without proof that it is effective. In fact, new reports show that excessive screen use can cause harm. Dr. Kardaras says: “Tech in the classroom not only leads to worse educational outcomes for kids, which I will explain shortly, it can also clinically hurt them…”
Parents: what are your kids doing in school?
PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE: http://education-curriculum-reform-government-schools.org/w/2016/09/new-report-classroom-technology-overrated-even-harmful/
SBOE, District 12