Kids reading more online - Good or bad?
This NY times article presents an interesting debate on whether the time kids are spending reading online is good or bad in the long term. I think that this whole debate is based on wrong categorization. Using old frameworks to evaluate new phenomenon is fundamentally wrong. Clayton Christensen's new book, Disrupting Class - How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, has a chapter on the current state of educational research. He points out that historically education research has been using outcomes of the research to point back to known situations or circumstances and not to new or changing circumstances that the kids find themselves in. Yes, kids are reading more, but they are also reading differently. Making meaning by "weaving" different definitions, perspectives and representations trigger different skills and aptitudes. These in turn warrant different ways of looking and measuring.
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