All education is political and the ways children are educated early in life has a strong influence on them throughout their adult experience. Examples of these influences are provided from past generations with an argument to address the speed-of-light living of the generation of the microchip world of today's modern society. Children growing up with electronics and with little tolerance for down time crave constant stimulation. They are living a fundamentally different childhood, disconnected from nature's metaphors. Reflective time, quiet time, time spent getting lost in a book are being replaced by microtexting, emails, instant messaging, and cell phone conversations mostly about trivia. Educators must recognize the damaging effects of such a media-dominated lifestyle and provide deliberate pedagogical spaces to balance human development towards healthy adult living.
This document was originally published in the Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences by I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Copyright restrictions may apply.
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