On our Facebook page, we just shared an article about a new app for calculating fractions created by a 12-year-old girl and her father. After sharing, I reread it and then moved on to the comments and was a little surprised to see the backlash:
Technology is great, but it’s making us dumb
Her father might be a FORMER computer geek, but he’s definitely NOT a good educator.
and my favorite
If you go to some were other than the doller store to buy a caculator you can find a half dozen differant modles that do this allready. That being said this kid needs to learn how to do fractions the old way with pencil and paper.
I’m not one to nitpick spelling errors ~ but I’m pretty sure that’s more than just typos.
Just because we were subjected to hours of times tables, flash cards, scan-tron testing, and strictly forbidden a calculator during math ~ does that make us “superior” to the current generation? Does it make them “dumb” for utilizing calculators or creating apps that reduce the amount time spent on increasingly complex calculations? We all know that our 4th grade teacher lied when he or she said that we had to memorize because we wouldn’t always have a calculator with us:
If using a calculator is “dumbing us down” ~ then why does the word “Neanderthal” carry such a negative connotation? Here’s a guy who fashioned tools, hunted/processed/cooked his own food, made his own shelter, and defended his home with weapons ~ all by hand. Wouldn’t every innovation that came after be considered “dumbing us down”? Are automobiles, grocery stores, and clothing shoppes contributing the severe decline in mental prowess? Perhaps a case should be made for embracing technology and it’s ability to establish new means of interaction, saving time, and expanding ways to be creative.
I applaud this father and recognize him as a “good educator”. What a fortunate girl to have someone in her life encourage her ingenuity. Apparently, I’m not the only one to think so ~ the app has over a million downloads and is the second highest rated app in all categories.