[Discuss-sudbury-model] Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] how do computers influence the childīs development?

From: Scott David Gray <sdavidgray_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu May 11 09:15:01 2006

I believe that, as with all new media, people who did not grow up with
it do not always understand it -- and that within a couple generations
the idea that computers are dangerous will feel as outlandish as the
idea that movies are dangerous (30s), that radio is dangerous (turn of
century), that plays are dangerous (17th century) or that reading is
dangerous (back a bit further).

For what it's worth, there is *no* question in my mind that young kids
who can freely use computers pick up reading, writing and spelling at
an age that is extraordinalrily young by the standards of my
generation. That on its own isn't an argument if favor in my mind --
the argument in favor is that many children's own internal compass
moves them to use the computer.

BTW, here's another couple search terms for the archives (searchable
from http://www.sudval.org/04_sear_01.html): "Television" "Video

I'd also suggest the book Killing Monsters by Gerard Jones, for people
interested in this subject.

When you search journal's I bet that you'll have a hard time finding
any concrete evidence... People on either side of the debate have
concocted flawed studies. And, more important, is the question of what
is or isn't a positive effect? If reading books or playing video games
made children demonstrably more likely to question authority, is that
good or bad?

On 5/11/06, Ilja <iljafaun_at_wanadoo.nl> wrote:
> Hi,
> Since I couldnīt find a related post in the ī05 and ī06 archives i have
> taken the freedom to post this new topic.
> Iīm engaged in a sudbury inspired school and I keep wondering about the
> long-term effects of computers on the developing child.
> Iīm honest to say I was raised in an technology sceptic family and my wive
> is very much against anything with a screen. Itīs often heard in our house
> that computers are like alcohol or drugs and should be forbidden to
> youngsters just the same. Despite this somewhat prejudiced background I have
> an open mind to whatever computers may mean to younger generations and I
> would like to have some decent studies on this matter.
> Thus far, all I couldīt find were studies pro and against, focussing on
> minor effects such as the ability to do certain visual tasks or reading. I
> personally donīt care if a gamer becomes a brilliant laparoscopist or a bad
> reader. Iīm much more interested in overall well beeing.
> Does anyone know of studies caried out by acceptably neutral (nor waldorf or
> microsoft) parties on this subject?
> Thank you for your trouble,
> Ilja, from the Netherlands

-- Scott David Gray
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