Posts tagged ‘Education’

August 15, 2015

TechNOlogy

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By: Maria Goodwin

Compare a personal public bus ride experience with an bus experience your grandparents have had. It’s likely they will tell of fresh conversation and meeting new people. These days, we put plugs in and tune out. Screens surround us – iPods, TVs, cellphones, computers – our lives are enveloped in technology and if often seems there is no escaping it. Millennials  are very attached to technology, but the most in ‘danger’ of a full real-world detachment are the future generations who will grow up completely surrounded by technology. I have watched my little cousins all sit together and not say one word to each while they stare blankly into their bring screens. A moment meant to be spent in community is squandered while emojis are jammed into a text box. As a nanny of six years, what I found most terrifying was the youngest boy being able to work his way around Youtube and iPhone apps, but he could barely form full sentences. Though we’ve made countless important discoveries and have accomplished a great deal thanks to the ever-evolving technological world, the lasting effect it has on our upcoming generations is one I feel could be devastating, especially in a social context.

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August 12, 2015

Heated Discussion

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By: Maria Goodwin

It’s a hot summer day and you are on your way to the grocery store with your child in the backseat, humming along to the radio while the cool A/C blows on her face. Since there are only a couple items on your shopping list, you figure it will only take a few minutes to grab what you need and that your child will be fine in the car with the windows cracked. What most people do not realize is that those few minutes can be extremely detrimental to a child.

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April 26, 2014

Common Core State Standard – A Rushed Out Idea to Standardize Education?

Girl drawing back to schoolEverything always looks good on paper when you draft out your ideas. However, often times when you take the idea from paper and turn it into a product, it doesn’t always turn out how you’ve envisioned it. The Common Core State Standard, who was developed by the nation’s governors and education commissioners through their representative organizations, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), is an example of such an envisioned idea.

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