Focusing on Pernicious Response in reference to our children are widespread and happening frequently in our society. The definition of pernicious is, “having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way,” for instance, “the pernicious influences of the mass media.”(retrieved from google.com). I must invite each individual to consider if the wide spread use of technology (social media) is really the information highway we want our young people to use constantly. Momentarily, maybe. Some web sites on the Internet, YouTube, Television, and many other avenues of media are filling their mindset with the types of materials that are not helpful in their growth process. In the same instance, not all technology is bad for them. More or less it is how these various forms and different avenues are used that leave undesirable impressions on today’s youth. Nonetheless, let’s consider this, Could a lot of these various types of materials be causing our youth to think they are not worth trying to save, educationally nor religiously? Why are we injecting too much, too fast into our children before they have opportunities to grow from life experiences? In Education and Religion: Phenomenal Observances, could there be a connection with Pernicious Responses?
Along with technology, mobile devices, social media, a mixture of core values, techniques, and identifiable methods of beliefs that are prevalent in education, are combined together in our community, classrooms, and church congregations. While looking in the face of students, I look at the road ahead and wonder. I wonder about the success of each child, especially when their level of understanding does not seem to meet the expectations of others. Expectations of those that are seated on boards of higher education making decisions that impact them. Expectations for them to pass with certain scores those required computerized test. The happenings within our community and surrounding areas that mock us and down play our existence. Our youth deal with being ridiculed, laughed at, and teased in today’s society. How can we as leaders, as teachers make a difference?
I think of what I am most excited about in educating the young ones as the world progress from day to day. I am excited about the Smart Phones, I Phones, Cell Phones, I Pads, etc… Technology changed at such a pace that most children walk around with a learning tool connected to the palm of their hands. This tool provides them the means to click and retrieve the information they desire. They are able to learn anything from music to academics. There are lessons on everything. If they are unsure of a word, the dictionary is in their hand. If they would like to find out about the difference between salvation and religion this tool can be considered their counselor. For the most part this tool is one of the best in that it is a mobile link to the world. A device that most simply cannot live without, or at least they think so.
The bad part comes when certain youth decide to entertain other young ones with pictures and videos of things grownups should only have access to. All too often our youth begin to feel rejected, out of place, not being able to live up to the standards that they think will not change for them. One prime example are the unsettling use of firearms. Guns may or may not be as powerful as mass media injecting the thought process of our youth to go get one and shoot up the class room. The more media focus on the shootings that unfortunately happens, the more their thought process is invoked. Some think it’s a game and that you’re able to survive with just a click. They don’t realize the impact their actions have on other individuals. Another example are the amount of sex videos that are prevalent in view of our youth. Most of them probably can school us, baby boomers, on a few actions that shouldn’t be retained in their mind. They must have feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and just plain ‘Oh My God’ thoughts. Some teenagers/adolescence are heartless and upon discovery of such, will immediately share with the younger ones. We can put parent locks on the television programs, but it is impossible to be everywhere at all times with your child. As we raise our children, our hope is that they will grow up to be mindful of others, always project a caring, respectful attitude, and have moral values. In teaching them core values we strive for them to encompass a strong will power to stand for those things that are right.
Not all responses are Pernicious. There are certainly a lot of good things that children can gather from technology. In combination with the types of mobile devices and how the younger generation consumes information from these various technologies, we have a lot of intelligent young people that use technology in other advantageous ways. Many of our youth have decided to go into designing, inventing, creating, and forming certain sites and apps that has grown in leaps and bounds. Check out this video featuring a young man, Thomas Suarez, as he reveals that “these days students know a little bit more than teachers.”
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, posted a blog April 20, 2015 titled, “What Can Technology Do For Tomorrow’s Children?” This young man and many others like him are proof of the positive affect technology can produce. Underneath Ms. Duncan’s title she stated that “Innovation in Education goes well beyond gadgets and apps.” (Duncan, A. BRIGHT. Medium.com) She proceeded to speak on the many changes that has taken place in teaching and learning due to the digital world and a technology driven society. She attested to the fact that our ultimate measure of success is dependent more on what we do with the knowledge that we have than us actually having the knowledge. She alluded to the fact that schools are now engaging in technology and the vast change it brings to the table. Although this could cause a pernicious response and can even have a detrimental effect on those that have no means to pay for such, “technology has the potential to bridge gaps.” (Duncan, A. BRIGHT. Medium.com).
Technology is being used daily as Teachers have become dependent with the use of Smart Boards, I Pads and other items as resources to aide in teaching the students. These resources help teachers provide means for students to adapt to challenges they may encounter. Teachers use these tools for “collaboration, creativity, and self-expression.”(Duncan, A. BRIGHT. Medium.com)