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[ NNSquad ] Re: Irresponsible science and academic fraud
On Tue, 2010-06-29 at 11:26 -0400, Bob Frankston wrote: > Â It blames the parents. But these are the very households > where the parents themselves need help so it ends up blaming the > victim rather than seeing an opportunity for improving the children. > Itâs a reminder that educating students is difficult if we donât take > into account the context. Shouldnât we address the disadvantage > instead of using it as a reason to further disadvantage them? Except that when the report referred to distractions, I don't think it was talking about students becoming engrossed with Wikipedia, or planetmath when they should instead be doing homework. There are so many more entertainment options on the Internet from mild diversions to extremely banal to downright unhealthy that in the absence of parental involvement it is easy for those who haven't yet developed self-discipline (and even for those of us who should have) to lose sight of what is important and unwittingly lose a few hours over the course of a week in some wasteful pursuit. The disadvantage to these children is the disinterest of their parents, not their access to broadband telecommunications. Technology doesn't fix fundamental human problems, but instead, when everything is prepared and conditions are right, technology can enhance human potential to allow us to go further than we could before. I think a suitable analogy is that owning a set of hand forged Japanese chisels doesn't make me a master woodworker, but when I have done the training and spent time making furniture then these exceptional tools may help me produce something better than I did before - essentially the Internet (or part of it) is just a "knowledge tool". Russell.