Well, it is complicated….but maybe not as much as we feared.
danah boyd (she prefers her name to be fully in lower-case letters) is optimistic about the value of social networking in the lives of teens. Her research tells her that teens are not addicted to their phones and computers (as we often assume they are) …they are addicted to their friends (as teens have always been). Devices are best seen as tools in support of that addiction.
Adrian A. Durlester
Sorry for the hiatus between my last column and this one. As far as this school year goes, I have utterly failed at the charge I was given by the good folks at Torah Aura Productions to single out a single useful resource in each column. Some of that may just be due to my inability to be concise. However, some of it is philosophical, even if more at a subconscious level.
A recent discussion in the cloud based JEDLAB community was in response to a posted article entitled: “Why Kids Care More about Achievement Than Helping Others”. The point of the article was that research indicates that while parents may want to raise empathetic children, the actual message they transmit is to be high achievers. The ensuing conversation focused on how we as Jewish educators can change this apparent trend.
Idie Benjamin and Dale Sides Cooperman
What is a mitzvah? It is a word we use with children all the time. We describe different behaviors as “doing a mitzvah.” But what is a mitzvah? Why do we do them? Why should we do them? And what should we be teaching children about them, and why should we be encouraging them to do them?
Joel Lurie Grishaver
It all started with the word “engagement.” As soon as it was on the table—we began adopting a policy that less can be much more. Engagement as a behavior is little more than eye contact.