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Dweck 1 Abraham Dweck Professor Swanson EN102/ Research Paper 4 May 2009 The Real Reason Why You Didn’t Get into Harvard: The Computer Click! No that is not the sound of someone pressing down on his mouse, but the sound of millions of people all over the world falling to the doom of their computers. Everyone can see that technology has come a long way, but most are blind to the fact that computers are hurting them more than they are helping them. It is time for everyone to face the fact that searching Google for an answer instead of solving it on their own has a different affect on them. For too long technology has gone unsupervised. It is time for parents everywhere to wake up and start paying attention to that box that their kids are staring into 6 hours a day, as it is hurting their kids more than it is helping them. We all do it: We sit in a comfy chair browsing the internet for hours at a time. However, do we ever take into account what it is doing to our minds? There are many setbacks to a person that devotes so much of his life to a computer. Starting at a young age, many children spend hours a day sitting in front of a computer while the parents go about their lives, as they see technology as a babysitter. This is a major problem as many children will be deprived of the social skills that they need to grow at a young age. As Alison Armstrong says, “Young children need to develop intellectual curiosity, social skills and explore the sensuous richness of life” (Moll 2). This cannot be taught by sitting at a computer. It is every parent’s responsibility to
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Dweck 2 make an effort at his/her child’s young age to make sure he is getting the social attention they need. As Healy concurs, “Before age 7, children’s brains experience rapid growth and change while they move toward more abstract ways of processing information”, so they simply cannot be ignored and dropped in front of a computer (Healy 57). Children need to be socially active with other kids at their age level in order to generate these vital skills. It is time for parents everywhere to wake up! Another rising problem is the incorporation of computers in the classroom. While many believe it helps combine education with technology and is a benefit to the student, in many cases this is far from the truth. For instance, students learning math for the first time are often told that they cannot use their calculators to solve the problems. This way the student can use his/her mind and get used to solving these equations so that it can help him in the future with any problem solving. One thing that gets lost is that by allowing someone to use a computer for English is the same as allowing this student to use a calculator for mathematics. Yes, it will help him get to the answer, but he will lack any of the skills needed to get to the solution, instead it will just be handed to him. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), did a study that shows that “8 th grade students who use computers more frequently at school have
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