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Endangered Minds Essay

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Jane Healy wrote this book regarding the effects of technology on our young children and the minds. Basically put she feels that teachers across the board keep saying that their students seem to rush through assignments, or they want the answers given to them and they just have a tough time thinking on their own. Dr. Healy also states that students are receiving watered-down information from their teachers because the educators are so frustrated with repeating the lesson plans and going over information again and again only to have the students still say they just don’t get it.
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How it can be comparable to a classroom environment I am not sure. Again, I am definitely not agreeing with this book or study if you want to call it that. Studies have been being done for many years, Piaget being a big one that studied children and environment, everyone is quite aware that if a child is nurtured and loved and in a good environment their minds develop more so than a child that is in a poor environment and is suffering from lack of love and attention. This is not rocket science and this theory and study has already been established.
Chapter 3
Dr. Healy goes into the development of the brain and the different stages of age because of the myelin that coast the outer part of the neurons and as the neurons mature on specific parts of the brain… blah, again a very scientific explanation for how children’s brains develop, yet no really new information for educators to learn from. If you have studied to become a teacher we should all know all of these details. She then goes into talking about children being forced to learn something that their brains are not mature enough to handle, then the brain is forced to re-route synapses to compensate and a part of the brain that is not suited for such a task has to do it anyway, forming connections that become well-worn paths that are difficult to change even when the part of the brain that is suited for the task is mature enough to handle the task. Basically what I believe she is trying to say is that children do not learn when they are talked at, they need to actively participate in their learning and that is why TV images are bad for the child or children because their minds become bombarded with information, pictures and have no way to receive feedback regarding the information.
In essence, I can see the point Dr. Healy is trying to make about not sitting a child in front of a television all day and allowing them to fill their minds with information they do not need at certain points of their development. Again, this should be common sense to educators as we have been taught what is age appropriate, what to do for our students and what not to do. To get them actively involved in activities and in group projects etc. all of this information is again second hand information that we are simply re-reading and taking in but for what purpose?
Chapters Four – Fifteen

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