While rather lengthy, I found this article to be an interesting commentary on the role of digital communication in the upcoming generations of teens and young adults. Following the story of a 17-year-old boy named Vishal Singh, the article discusses his ambition of becoming a filmmaker and how his interest in technology possibly prevents him from getting good grades in high school.
What I liked about the article is that it did not immediately blame Vishal for his lack of focus and bad grades, but it focused on his strengths and talents for filmmaking. The article then brought into question who was to blame for the bad grades, offering a few different possibilities.
Matt Richtel, the author of the article, cited evidence that the increasing availability of technology to young people is retraining their brains to require more immediate gratification and thereby shortening their attention span on many tasks that require concentration. I agree with this part of the article and have found it to be true in many of my own experiences. Richtel also explores the option that Singh’s grades are the school system’s fault because they don’t try to teach students based on their need for digital learning tools to fit their learning styles.
So what do you think? Should schools try harder to incorporate more digital technology into the classroom? Or is it the fault of students for not conforming to the learning style of the school systems. Post a comment below!