What Happens when Youth Own the Public Education Agenda?

Posted on October 18, 2011 by


The article which I refer to in this blog posting can be found here.

When reading this article by Mizkuo Ito, which possessed a link via IU Bloomington’s research section, I though the article was important to bring up here because it mentions a major issue related to technologies and their interactions with modern day parents and children. On the subject of the digital divide between the younger and older generations of the modern day, Ito had this to say:

“Too often, we assume that socializing and fun is hostile to academics, and that “peer pressure” pulls kids away from learning. Responsible adults see their role as limiting access to games and entertainment, and drawing kids away from their peers in order to insist on attention to schoolwork and learning.”

This may be true to some extent, but may be becoming less so as understanding of technology and the ways it can encourage children and teens to learn concepts become clearer to adults as time passes and effort is contributed. In summary, while some degree of discipline and hard work may be required in order for the youth to learn concepts and do well in their future careers, the process does not necessarily have to be a painful one. Indeed, it may not be entirely necessary to limit access to games and entertainment in order for the youth to learn important concepts: they may instead be part of the solution to encouraging them to learn concepts that otherwise may be too tedious or difficult to understand.