In this day and age- the century of rapid technological growth unmatched by other
generations-technology can be viewed in a multitude of ways. Some claim that
technology has educational benefits, yet others believe this is simply a paradox and that
technology creates more problems than it diminishes. Although technology allows
children to connect to others with less ease, its negatives still overweigh its
positives. Before adapting completely to the new world of technology, schools must
consider the negative side of technology , including the useless ability to develop a lack
of skill and lack of imagination, before being brainwashed by the widespread of
technology in school curriculum.
Schools must regard the fact that although technology is the “modern” way of
learning, a deficiency of valuable life skills is formed due to the ignorance and
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textbooks provide students to develop reading skills and focus abilities.
Schools must ignore the new flood of technology because new technology has
been known to distract students, causing the lack of imagination. In source C, Esther
Dyson believes that the rise of technology in school curriculum is not necessarily a good
thing, but that it is a significant “social problem”. He argues that today’s children live in
an “information-rich, time-compressed environment that often seems to stifle a child’s
imagination rather than stimulate it”, (Source C). This “over-feeding” of information
causes students to easily loose focus and causes the diminishing of their attention spans.
Education is about overcoming short attention spans and developing self-discipline on the
path of knowledge, and technology would simply shorten their circular motto.
Due to the increasing power of technology, kids are spending less time outside in nature. Source F, a cartoon shows a child huddling in front of a television watching-
ironically- a nature program instead of playing outside. This shows the contradiction and
irony in the expansion of technology. Education is about exploring the endless
possibilities of the world, but how is that possible with the widespread of all this new
advanced technology? The rise of technology is not good for children and the sad part (as
shown in source F) is that the children do not know what they are missing.
Before being brainwashed by technology, the educational system must consider the hindering capabilities of technology. It’s unnatural abilities in destroying valuably skills, determination, attention spans, and productivity. Education is about bettering students for the future, and the overflow of technology in the schools is not necessarily beneficial. Technology might be easier to use, but in the end, it destroys character and the foundation of the educational system.