This would probably be best placed on our education blog, but I don’t have posting privileges over there (we know the score…my sister is an educator…I’m just a guy with an opinion…LOL)
DO NOT let your children use mobile devices. At all. Until they are at least 16.
FIVE ALARM FIRE
Of course, I didn’t actually need a study in England to tell me that what I’m seeing of young people today is a bad thing. I have been watching the changes even in college kids today…their attention spans are disappearing (and I thought I was bad!).
But evidently…it’s more than just attention, focus, and ambition that are disappearing behind a firewall of Facebook addiction and time-wasting games.
There has been a misguided move, lately, to use these things as educational devices in schools and at home…to park kids in front of these tablets and “teach” through games. Parents cheer as their child learns the skills that they believe will be necessary in the new world order…like how to do Apple’s range of finger manipulations to get a response from an iPad.
But…at the same time, their kids are losing the ability to do the simplest things with real world objects.
This…is not good.
Steven Goddard’s concise analysis is the most on point:
They know the lights will be back on in less than an hour. If they tried Earth Month instead, that would be the end of the global warming religion.
Yep. It’s a pointless gesture enjoyed by the rich and the privileged. Meanwhile, the 1.6 billion people on the planet who live without electricity are literally dying for want of a single watt.
Human Achievement Hour 2011
On Saturday March 26, 2011, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, some people will shut off their lights and spend an hour in darkness as a symbolic vote against global climate change. Observers of Earth Hour want world leaders to “do something” about pollution and energy use. What this means is that they want politicians to use legal mandates and punitive taxes to prevent individuals from freely using resources, hindering our ability to create the solutions and technologies of the future. Instead, the Competitive Enterprise Institute asks you to spend that hour with your lights on in celebration of Human Achievement Hour.
In all seriousness, I do hope we will one day transition to cleaner forms of energy — and I certainly don’t object to individual efforts to conserve resources. However, these Earth Hour celebrations have such an air of left-wing self-righteousness about them that my inner contrarian feels compelled to stand in opposition to the whole spectacle. If you want to sit in the dark for an hour, that’s your prerogative. Me? I’m turning everything on.
Here are some facts regarding Fukushima, as soberly reported by Popular Mechanics. In a nutshell: Yes, this is a serious situation. No, we don’t know exactly how serious.
I expect that nuclear engineers the world over will be pouring over the incident reports from Japan so they can figure out what went wrong (besides the obvious, of course) and devise new and improved safeguards. Should we allow Fukushima to deter us from incorporating nuclear power into our plans for U.S. energy independence? Even Obama is smart enough to say no — at least for the moment.