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Old 03-30-2019, 08:57 PM
 
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Interesting reversal.


The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected
America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether.

By Nellie Bowles

As Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.

https://jefflibraryfoundation.org/20...and-poor-kids/
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:18 PM
 
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In the rich schools they're educating pupils on robotics. They're the future workforce that'll handle all maintenance and engineering of robots. In the poorer schools, the screens are a distraction. Future workforce meant for retail "hospitality" being the human face at the registers, servers using tablets to process payments.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:22 PM
 
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As far as "middle class" they're the ones that still go to the poorer schools, but inherit interests in trades due to family working in those fields. Those interests lead them to the trades, and allows them to live a similar standard of life as their parents.
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Old 03-31-2019, 05:38 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Higher income parents are more concerned and involved with the education of their children. Limiting screen time in favor of books and other learning at home has reached their schools. Less affluent parents tend to use screen time as a babysitter, and it’s not contstructive educational content, but games. At our local elementary where my wife works they recently had a standardized test that was done on MacBooks, and they had to teach the kids how to use a mouse. This is with a high percentage of parents working at Microsoft. At first they were surprised, but then realized these kids had grown up with tablets.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Creative play is always better than directed play for children. Toy trucks that the child pushes and makes his own "vroom vroom" noise is always better than a battery operated one where you just push a button. Playing in the yard is always better than watching TV.

I'm part of the TV generation (born 1960) and my parents knew that.
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Old 04-02-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: The end of the world
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Well as a long time computer user.

1. Displays damamges eyes because your always in front of them.
2. Blue-light is a real thing
3. Radiation is a real thing. No different then X-ray rules
4. Part of any industry is to lower-cost. They do this by creating a consumer ( a kneed ) In this case the need is educational facilities. What they are trying to do is combine television science with classroom science.
5. Everything is literally portable nowadays. There is no need for big over the top anything. Even the best display could be portable with no eye strain and perfect color balance
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:23 PM
 
Location: midwest
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Originally Posted by Cida View Post
As Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.

https://jefflibraryfoundation.org/20...and-poor-kids/
I think there is a significant amount of nonsense in this. So much talk about SCREEN TIME with so little talk about the contents on the screen.

How many kids could learn about music with a tablet that their parents could not afford any other way?

https://www.cpureport.com/best-free-...s-for-android/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnvL6zqV5rA

And there is electronics:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rycircuit.free

I wonder if a lot of Experts have a vested interest in talking BS about computer technology.

This was being promoted in the 60s when computers were expensive and the poor could not afford them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLATO_(computer_system)

But now tablets are more powerful than mainframes back then and screen time is bad.
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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Lol so now the poor are upset that they have too much access to computers.

You literally can't win.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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My step-daughter just graduated at the top of her high school class, in physical contact with an electronic screen 24-7. She knows less about geography, history, classical literature and basic natural sciences than I knew at her age in 1956.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Weird issue. In the end, you have to use your role as parents to steer your kids in the direction you see best. Why not fill the home with toys and books, plus computer and digital stuff? I.e. have and encourage the best of both worlds?

America is rapidly becoming a nation of extremes; either this or that, black and white, blah blah blah. We have become too binary/digital, and lost our analog way of life. I'm not talking about tangible and material items; I'm talking about who we approach and see life and possibilities.

What's worked before though remains our best approach: moderation and balance, and including all sides. See all shades, varieties, mixtures, etc. Instead of A or B, how about A+B? How about adding and compounding, rather than subtracting?

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