Karr's Axiom #2
(The Talk Show

"Children, prior to
puberty, have little
interest in the Internet and will not pursue,
on their own initiative, any research or personal contact. After puberty, teens will
use the 'Net to contact and flirt with anything and anyone, regardless of the danger to themselves or the expense to their parents - even though they will
probably never meet these contacts."

      Axiom #2 deals with the fact that, quite frankly, the Internet is boring, even more so to children between the ages of 5 and 10.  They don't get it, and they won't, until access is faster and relevance is more apparent.
      We recently read an anecdote about a teacher who spent 2 1/2 hours searching the Internet for a story she could use with her second grade class...and found one that took 15 minutes of class time to read and discuss. Hello, what are books for? This is an example of Internet frenzy. Common sense must direct the use of the Internet. And common sense dictates that, currently, the Internet is only useful in the classroom when it is used by a teacher who really knows what it is, what it can and cannot do, and when it can be appropriately utilized. Otherwise it is a huge waste of teacher-time, tax dollars and student learning opportunities.
      Teachers and parents need to become fully proficient in using the Internet before using it as a teaching tool for children. Period. This means that all grown-ups need to find training; school districts must provide inservices; the entire community must become involved. Too often school funds are spent on computer hardware, and nothing is allocated for teacher/parent training. If you wish to make a change, join your local PTA, attend school board meetings, and be proactive in your child's school.
      Get involved!

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