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Op-Ed: Digital Learning and the Digital Classroom...A Very Real Concern

Op-Ed: Digital Learning and the Digital Classroom...A Very Real Concern

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by Rick Stephens and Elane V. Scott, Birth2Work

The promise and hope of every school district in America is being placed in digital devices and apps. Yet the warning signs abound about the dangers of children using digital tools too early and too often in their young lives. If the digital emphasis continues to be driven into the classroom at earlier and earlier grade levels, we could find ourselves in a world where students learn only enough facts to pass tests in school but, after they graduate from high school or college, are unable to find well paying jobs. And it won’t be foreign competition or a poor economy that prevents them from getting jobs. It will be because our children haven’t developed the abilities to innovate or create, and are thus not able to add true value to the workplace. Finding workplace success is increasingly about the ability to compete through creative thinking, innovation, adaptability and working in teams. These skills are not learned in the deterministic digital computer world, nor through the educational testing model that merely tests students’ ability to regurgitate facts.

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