AP writer Beth J. Harpaz commented the other day about Mark Bauerlein’s best-selling book “The Dumbest Generation,” which contends “that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings… ‘the absence of technology’ confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks.”
This is a very hot and controversial topic – over two hundred comments take the AP writer, author Bauerlein, parents, teachers and young people themselves to task – but for a variety of reasons and on both sides of the issue. Does it bother you that many young people cannot sign their names, use a can opener, tie their shoes, address an envelope or do their laundry? Is it enough that they can go on-line to solve a problem, use a GPS to get to their destinations, use an iphone and run rings around their elders at wii games? Are we elders just curmudgeons? out of step? or even jealous at their technical skills and prowess?
Read the AP article “Are we raising a generation of nincompoops?” with reader comments here – leave your comments below.