Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'...born between 1978 and 1994': is that you?

Well, it's not me!

The article is titled "The kids are alright", it is about the 'net generation' and I read it today in the Economist (Nov 15 issue). A couple of quotes that made me feel good about you (my students) and my own kids:
....the Net Geners are smarter, quicker and more tolerant of diversity than their predecessors,” Mr Tapscott argues. “These empowered young people are beginning to transform every institution of modern life.” They care strongly about justice, and are actively trying to improve society...

Contrary to the claims that video games, Facebook and constant text-messaging have robbed today’s young of the ability to think, ...the “Net Geners” are the “smartest generation ever”.
There is growing neuroscientific support for this claim. People who play video games, for example, have been found to process complex visual information more quickly. They may also be better at multi-tasking than earlier generations, which equips them better for the modern world.
So, just because 'we' didn't do it, it doesn't mean that it is bad / unacceptable / catastrophic!

PS: 'the kids are alright' is a reference to a song by the Who from their album 'My Generation'.

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