In the era of technology that we currently live, one might assume that the best way to educate children today would revolve around a screen. This is simply not the case, yet the digital forum has prevailed in the classroom. A recent article by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, who wrote the book “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids-and How to Break the Trance,” claims that technology in the classroom actually does little to benefit students and can potentially lead to harm. He writes:
“I’ve worked with over a thousand teens in the past 15 years and have observed that students who have been raised on a high-tech diet not only appear to struggle more with attention and focus, but also seem to suffer from an adolescent malaise that appears to be a direct byproduct of their digital immersion.”
He goes on to say that after examining multiple studies, screen time actually coincides with an increase in psychological issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and psychosis.
What could have possibly led to this detrimental takeover of technology in our schools? You probably already guessed it: Common Core.
The release of the program in 2010 meant that costs were cut because states were no longer required to develop their own materials and produce textbooks. Instead, a standardized system could be easily installed on computers and tablets across the nation.
In the wake of the digital Common Core era, a tech company called Amplify set a goal of providing every student in the country with a tablet and software to compliment it, for $199 each. The company had game designers build software that would stimulate and “engage” young minds.
It was really nothing more than entertainment in the classroom, with hopes of solving all the education problems due to “bad” teachers.
As it turns out, real-life teachers, who are able to provide human interactions to their students, are exactly what children crave. Not an impersonal, digitalized “teacher.” Imagine learning how to read from Siri. That would be frustrating for anyone, let alone a young child who has very specific, individualized needs.
This statement by Kardaras further explains the failure of technologically-based learning:
“[M]any researchers and neuroscientists believe that this ADHD epidemic is a direct result of children being hyper-stimulated. Using hyper-stimulating digital content to “engage” otherwise distracted students exacerbates the problem that it endeavors to solve.”
Despite the failures, school administrators are still being convinced that technology is the only way to provide a top-notch education while also allowing for cuts in costs. Parents and educators alike are beginning to question whether or not technology in the classroom, and Common Core itself, is really the best way for children to learn. Hopefully, people will look at this information and realize the true reasoning behind its implementation- it is quick, easy and cost-effective, but it is not benefiting our education system nor our children. It is actually causing them harm.
Perhaps one of the scariest elements now is that there are no plans to put a stop to the current educational measures in place. Corporations are actually helping fund the implementations of Common Core. Click here to see a list of companies who have financially supported and/or directly advocated for the program, and see how all of the companies in our database have scored on the education issue here. The children and youth of America deserve better in their education, and it takes everyone working together to make a change.