Source: The Telegraph
quote: When I was a child I read like 10 books a month. Isn't that an addiction? But none of these teachers would say that, of course. Why is that perceived as being more healthy than a tablet or phone?
quote: The problem with most parents is they work on auto pilot and don't really think thru the impact of things on shaping their children for the future.
quote: Generally speaking, nobody is more concerned about the impact of things on their children than it's parents. I mean come on!
quote: Or here's an idea, worry about what they do in school and fek off when it comes to their home life. That is NOT your concern, you should have NO opinion on it.
quote: That barely qualified as reading back then, as avid readers read at least one book a day.
quote: Besides, addiction is determined by how your life is impacted by the behavior.
quote: That's because "children" read Doctor Seuss! I was reading at an adult level early on.
quote: How in the hell is someone that age supposed to go to school (and pay attention), come home and do homework, go to bed on time, and knock out a 400+ page book in a day EVERY day?
quote: Please think before you speak.
quote: Some would debate you on that. I don't think there's an established consensus on what an addiction is. They don't all have negative impacts, and some people might not even be aware they have one.
quote: Nowhere in my post did I describe reading levels. I said number of books per day...
quote: It's more of a concern that people are literally forgetting how to write, or just never learning to do so. You can say, but they're learning to type on a computer or compose text on a tablet. But... How useful is that ability in the event of say the power grid being shut down or taken out for a long period of time? Guess what, all that fancy tech becomes worthless paperweight material without electricity.
quote: Bring hooked on tech is just the next direction of our civilization. Everything is more connected into computers than ever before and if you can't use, fix, and modify electronic components then you will be at a severe disadvantage. Traditional things are being replaced by their modern part. Books to E-books, metal to polymer, cable TV is now internet TV that you can watch nearly anywhere. I have thousands of books on my hard drive and I'll never read them all in my life time, that same amount of paper means many dead trees, more space than a house, and a fire hazard, why all of that when I can put them all and MORE on an out dated thumb drive?
quote: Freedom of speech untill they say something you don't like huh?
quote: Not being able to write properly is a big deal.
quote: By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 4:48:26 PM , Rating: 2That's because "children" read Doctor Seuss! I was reading at an adult level early on.By TSS on 4/17/2014 4:51:27 PM , Rating: 2Funny how you say they should have no opinion on it. Freedom of speech untill they say something you don't like huh?By Reclaimer77 on April 17, 2014 at 5:07 PMThe First Amendment doesn't apply to the UK fyi :)
quote: Only in America is the freedom of speech an inalienable right to all humans
quote: Fundamental FreedomsFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS.2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:(a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.
quote: In June 2010, the Supreme Court ruled against free speech in a case challenging the legitimacy of the material support statute. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the government accused HLP, a non-profit organization that advocates for human rights and peaceful resolution of armed conflicts by consulting with local groups around the world (and which has consultative status with the United Nations), of material support for terrorism. As the Center for Constitutional Rights explains,The decision marks the first time that the Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment permits Congress to make pure speech advocating lawful, nonviolent activity-human rights advocacy and peacemaking-a crime. Doing so can land a citizen in prison for 15 years, all in the name of “fighting terrorism.”The Court's ruling leaves it unclear whether publishing an op-ed or submitting an amicus brief in court arguing that a group does not belong on the list is a criminal act is prohibited. What is clear is that the Court's decision is likely to cast a broad chill over political speech and the activities of humanitarian groups and journalists.
quote: Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
quote: In the eeriest parallel to my experiences in martial law Poland, on two consecutive evenings the police inexplicably deemed assemblies of people peacefully gathered in a large, grassy University of Pittsburgh plaza to be “unlawful” and ordered everyone to disperse immediately. Police used an “LRAD” (first-ever civilian use of a military sonic weapon that can cause permanent hearing loss), shot pepper spray into dormitory stairwells, and fired rubber bullets and beanbags at fleeing students and curiosity seekers.
quote: First you claim that no other country has free speech as a right.
quote: America is turning into a police state, and you have the gall to declare it more free than the rest of the world?
quote: quote:First you claim that no other country has free speech as a right.I never said that.
quote: And where in the hell exactly did I say in America that Government couldn't infringe on our freedom of speech?
quote: Thus NO Government body could strip them from us.
quote: Obviously I'm not arguing that point. Of course it is. I have no problem with teachers stressing the importance of reading. I draw the line at suggesting how parents raise their kids at home.
quote: I'm sure some of these teachers have been teaching for a long time and have taught classes going well beyond the current generation of technology. So if those teachers see a significant difference in performance from previous generations, it would be reason to show concern. On the other hand, teachers who have been in the profession for only a couple years probably don't have much credibility in this concern.
quote: then suddenly the last 5 years of performance has been diminishing
quote: You obviously have no clue how to properly educate a child.
quote: but more often than not, reply chains just turns into arguments consisting of yelling and nothing productive at all.
quote: That's one thing I am a little surprised at..
quote: What evidence do they have, is there any hard data? Have there been studies they can cite to help collaborate their observations?