I believe we are in a Golden Age of civilisation.
Not everyone has this way of seeing.
I hear many commentators, educators and parents express grave concerns about the impact of technology, the internet, mobile devices and computers on young people and education in society generally. To me, it seems pathological, reminiscent of the comic book scare in the 1950s. @teachpaperless makes the point well, by using a quote to launch into this post, supporting the notion that ‘technology is not hurting education’.
A talk given by Dr. David Finkelhor on Oct. 22, 2010, entitled “The Internet, Youth Deviance and the Problem of Juvenoia” has some encouraging data about the positive impact of the internet on youth (came via @benpaddlejones). He provides an impressive number of statistics that suggest young people are not ailing but flourishing in our connected society. Simply put, things are getting better.
However, interestingly, Finkelhor makes the point, about 36-minutes in, that regardless of socio-economic background, ‘parents feel pitted against, depending on their point-of-view, TV, consumerism, secularism, sexual licentiousness, government regulation, violent images, junk food, anti-intellectualism…” Basically, society is seen as antithetical to raising children. Once again, to me, this seems practically and pathologically misguided.
I recommend you take the time to listen to Dr Finkelhor for the next 59 minutes, his comments on ‘nostalgia’ and ‘stranger danger’ are particularly relevant IMHO:
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