The movement against critical thinking
What is it with these commercials that showcase so-called teachers and parents, expressing woeful concern about children having to learn, study, and think too much in preparation for taking school tests and exams? Critical thinking skills are at the core of problem solving, decision making, rationale, and intelligence. These ridiculous actors on these commercials talk about knowledge as if it’s torture and ruining children’s lives. If parents and teachers are legitimately interested in eliminating stress from the lives of children, they should start with taking away the $800 iphones and all of the twitter, snap chat texts and other tech gadgets. Those are the things that are causing stress. Kids don’t know how to relate to their world and each other as human beings anymore.
Yes, oldpixie and Kathzy, you both make very good points. Also, what is just as frightening is that the parents of these kids are just as caught up in the tech idiocy. They foster and encourage the use of these impersonal pieces of machinery and then join in! The home is where all social life begins. These parents are presenting themselves as terrible role models.
I agree with Oldpixie in full. I’d like to go one step further. Many younger people seem to have no common sense. They react without thinking things through. You’re seeing this on line where they post and it causes them a lot of problems……..Ronnie
I agree chimein. Too many young people where I work have absolutely no problem solving skills at all. If they run into a problem they cannot or will not attempt to find the solution themselves.Instead it is expected for the answer to be provided to them.
I also agree that children these days have far too many electronic nannies. Interpersonal skills are very lacking in the younger set because instead of interacting with people, time is spent online or texting, This includes the art of conversation and the most basic of rudimentary manners, a shopping trip or a dinner out will make this most evident.
I could go on and on, but I fear I will ramble on. As my father said many many years ago television and video games are the ruination of America’s youth. It is still true today.
Posted in Talk Among Yourselves
03.19.15 5:37 PM