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There is an article circulating around on Facebook about how Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. It talked about how Steve Jobs limited how much technology gadgets his kids use at home. The idea is not foreign to me and with so many people who cannot put their gadgets and smartphones down (I believe the “official” term is phubbers”), I am not surprised a lot of people, especially parents, who would opt to limit or even to eliminate gadget use.
But, here is the catch, with advanced technology today, it also comes different forms of learning. Without these gadgets, learning computer programming would not be possible. My son loves to listen to audio books when he is in transit going places (even though he also loves reading actual books, I do not let him to do so since it is not good for his eyes), and having “Harry Potter” on his phone works great! Since we are a home school family, we use “Khan Academy” for Math learning and DuoLingo for Spanish review instead of buying textbooks (for expats, you would understand how hard it is to get American textbooks to other countries, not to mention the costly textbooks as well as the shipping cost). Moreover, since my husband and I both are computer science graduates, my son and daughter get to learn computer programming using Scratch and Lego Mindstorm. Also, they use their phone as his alarms for various activities that he needs to get to. In our spare time, besides many outdoor activities, we share funny posts and videos online with each other. You see, technology and gadgets are embedded in our families’ lives and as a family, we thoroughly enjoy it.
If there is one thing I have learned about parenting, it’s the more you tell your kids no, the more they want to do it and more likely they will go to the extreme. Why not give them the flexibility and freedom and show them when and how they can use the gadgets and devices the correct way? But, on the other hand, technology is not the answer to all learning either. When technology is not used properly, it can have harmful and adverse effects on children, ie., eye sight problems, un-filtered online content, and other health issues. Besides these health effects, I also believe that kids should not just learn from one media. They should learn from multiple sources; go out and enjoy physical activities and nature; travel and see things books talk about or they read about on internet. When the learning motivation is coming from within, kids can learn anything and anywhere.
I strongly believe technology is just a tool to aid and reinforce learning, to peak curiosity, and to spark creativity. There should not be a right or wrong answer to using technology and gadgets. The more prudent question is how you use it and how children are exposed to them. Every kid learns differently. And I would argue that what works in my family may not work for everyone. Every parent and teacher should find what “sticks” with every child. Every kid learns differently and only with differentiated instruction and individualized learning program can really help kids learn.
As an educator and a mother, I have learned from my students and my children that learning cannot be force fed. They must take it willingly.
Take a moment and think about what the word "education" means. What does it mean to you? Does the word mean going to school every day? Does it mean gaining knowledge taught by teachers at school? Or does it mean learning in general?
The definition from Merriam-Webster is as the following:
1. The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
2. The knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
3. A field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching
To me, education means someone learns how to think effectively, logically, and critically. Just as what Dr. Martin Luther King detailed out," Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." In-school education or not, the goal should be cultivating young people to be incisive thinkers and to gain knowledge through experience, good or bad. Therefore we must teach all aspects of life to children including music, art, behaviors, and social living. Nowadays, our education has skewed to only focus on academic achievement. We have neglected what all other things that kids need to grow. Plants can't grow just with water, it needs carbon-dioxide, sunlight, and other nutrients. By the same token, kids can't develop properly if they only receive academic stimulus. They also need everything else.
"If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts." Dr. Martin Luther King said. Let's be careful, let's work with kids and make sure they are learning all what they need to learn.
所謂的「教育」到底是什麼? 是每天去學校上學? 還是在學校吸收老師傳授的知識? 又或者，只是學習的一種統稱? 韋氏字典對「教育」的定義為: