Combating Distractions
Michael Thomas
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Michael,

I agree these are some serious issues to address. I think our society fosters an environment that distorts students reality. The “instant gratification,” students are able to recieve is going to hurt them long-term. It can cause them to avoid hard-work and avoid making decisions or completing a task that may take to much energy simply because of the delay results. These are very poor values to instill a student. I mentioned this in another comment and I believe it will pose a solution to your issue, as well. I believe schools and families should set aside time to teach students how to interact and communicate without technology. This will improve their relationship building skills with people around them and prepare them for the real-world. The younger generations are fluent in technology, but they are not fluent in the social skills and the decision-making skills required without technology. In order for technology to continue to be a successful, people have to know how to communicate without it. We were able to integrate technology into schools and into the real-world because people know how to communicate with one another. If students cannot overcome that distraction, all the technology in the world will not maintain a successful society because people will not know how to effectively use it with one another. You mentions the read alouds and how only about 30% of students would actually do the readings at home. This supports my comment that students will avoid completing a task or making a decision that could be viewed as hardwork for them. I believe it is our job as educators to instill values in students that promotes hard-work, perseverance, and teaches them the importance of a strong work ethic with or without technology.

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