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They say students lack the motor skills or can't pay attention in class because of tablet overexposure

A group of UK teachers are urging parents to limit their children's time on tablets and other technology, as they claim a rising number of young students lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks while older students are unable to take written exams with pen and paper.

According to The Telegraph, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants parents to turn off the Wi-Fi at night before bed so students get a good night's sleep instead of playing on tablets all night. 

The association claims that younger students as young as three or four can swipe on an iPad screen, but have little or no dexterity in their fingers to use building blocks. 

As for the older students, the association said their attention spans are limited in the classroom due to overexposure to technology. They further claimed that these students can't implement the skills they read in their textbooks, but have exceptional technical skills when it comes to consumer electronics.  


“It is our job to make sure that the technology is being used wisely and productively and that pupils are not making backward steps and getting obsessed and exhibiting aggressive and anti-social behaviours,” said Mark Montgomery, a teacher from Northern Ireland.

“In the same way we can use a brick to either break a window or build a house, digital technology can be used for good or bad, and teachers can and should help their pupils make positive choices so they have positive experiences.”

The teachers say many children born with an iPad in their hands and overuse the devices are more likely to lack non-tech skills as simple as writing with pen and paper. 

This seems to be an issue in other parts of the world as well. Back in 2012, it was reported that children in South Korea are especially prone to internet addiction, and that the dangers of tech addiction would be taught in schools. 

In the U.S., however, tablets like the iPad are being deployed in many school districts to advance tech skills. 

Source: The Telegraph



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RE: Sod Off
By crimsonson on 4/17/2014 5:39:44 PM , Rating: 2
It is very much their concern. Contrary to popular belief, parents are the PRIMARY educator of children (unless you are total absentee).

Religion, political beliefs, employment, basic reading skills and math skills etc - are "inherited" from parents more so than teachers.

Second, teachers shares the blame and rarely the success of a student progress or lack of.

You obviously have no clue how to properly educate a child.

10 books a month? Come on. That is not even considered high in any standards.


RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 5:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You obviously have no clue how to properly educate a child.


No, I'm not a teacher. But if I was, I wouldn't make it my business how parents raise their children.

We're talking goddamn tablets and phones here, NOT drug use and sexual abuse. Wtf, you guys can't be serious...


RE: Sod Off
By Amiga500 on 4/17/2014 7:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest influence on any kid's education is their parents. By far.

If you cannot see that or don't realise it from the posts in here, perhaps you should do a bit of reading on the subject.

A teacher has a kid... what, 6 hours of the day 5 days a week for say... 40 weeks of the year. 1200 hrs

A parent has a kid, for 10 hours a day 5 days a week + 16 hours a day 2 days of the week for 40 weeks of the year [assuming 8 hrs for sleeping]. 3280 hrs. Plus the other 12 weeks of the year, 16 hrs a day. 1344 hrs

Teacher ~= 1200 hrs/yr
Parent ~=4624 hrs/yr

Now, of course you need to cut time lost in travel out of the parent's allocation - but after that, the decisions the parents make are the primary drivers of their kid's educational development.


RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 8:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Do you even understand the issue?

Of course I know parents have the biggest influence on their kids! WTF??

I just don't like teachers, who are state employees, making it their business how kids spend their time at home. I believe there is a line, and that's crossing it.

What is so goddamn hard about that?


RE: Sod Off
By Dr of crap on 4/21/2014 10:29:43 AM , Rating: 2
EVERYONE suffers if the home life isn't good enough to make a kid a good student and not the one that is in and out of prison because he could do well in school.
Yes we ALL suffer if the home life is bad. EVERONE know it yet few are willing to say it. Most of all anyone in the education system.

You sir are the one that doesn't get it!
Do you have kids??


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