Over the past decade, educational instruction has become increasingly digitized as schools rush to dole out laptops and iPads to every student. Yet the most important question, “Is this what is best for students?” is glossed over.
Veteran teachers Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our kids. On a mission to educate and empower parents, they show how screen saturation at home and school has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on in schools: teachers who are often powerless to curb distractions from electronic devices; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and unsocial; administrators who are influenced by questionable science sponsored by corporate technology purveyors.
Clement and Miles suggest steps parents can take to demand change and they make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.