Dads are smart. We know the value and potential benefits of integrating technology into our children’s lives. The modern father will do what he can to provide his young access to the best, most current tools.
Gadgets, software, entertainment media & data storage all have a strong command of our attention. Exciting yet expensive at times, rapid technical developments from the commercial world can leave many folks straining to stay current. With the purchase of a new device comes its imminent, if not immediate, obsolescence.
How can we balance this phenomenon with the drive to stay fashionably tech savvy? With the push to provide a tablet computer for every child in school, how do we make sure our kids are getting the best education possible?
The answer may lay in asking better questions. For example:
- Is it practical to place an electronic device in the hands of a child that, for all intents and purposes, is designed for use and sale in a commercial setting?
- Does the use of gadgets produce immediate measurable results in the academic setting?
- Is this a wise and fair use of money?
- Will this teach child the science behind their interests?
School districts in San Diego County have taken steps to place technology in front of children. But rarely are the basic tenets of the learning process addressed when discussing the merits of large scale technological roll-outs.
However, there are folks providing perspective. In an article by Union Tribune writer Karen Kucher, professor Thomas C. Reeves is quoted, “It all goes back to really having good teachers, and something like an iPad or another device in the hands of a really good teacher can make a difference. But those teachers have to be prepared to work with this”.
The methodology of implementing school wide roll-outs has come into question as well. Our local Poway Unified School district found the ACLU at their door after one of their schools conducted a “poll” of families strongly encouraging the use of tablet computers.
What is for certain is working dads in San Diego need to prepare their families for a workforce in need of technologically savvy citizens. Understanding our region from an economic standpoint and then providing our children the experiences, insight, and training to compete should guide a parents decisions over what and how our children are taught.
Yes, the modern father will provide his young access to the best, most current tools. He will also make sure his children are learning the fundamentals- reading, writing, mathematics, civics, history, and economics. Maintaining a focus on fundamentals engenders healthy, well rounded citizens, who become viable competitors on the worlds’ stage.